University of Toledo

Accreditation & Regulatory Information


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AAALAC International Accreditation

The University of Toledo - Health Science Campus has been accredited since 1981. The Main Campus was included in the 2010 inspection and the entire University of Toledo Animal Research program is now accredited.

Accreditation Number: 000557 | Effective Date: November 8, 2022

regulatory information

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USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services

The USDA/APHIS is a multi-faceted agency with a broad mission area that includes protecting and promoting US agricultural health, regulating genetically engineered organisms, administering the Animal Welfare Act and Regulations, and carrying out wildlife damage management activities.

Certificate Number: 31-R-0134

Animal Welfare Act:

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The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals

The Guide is published by the National Research Council and is designed to assist institutions in caring for and using animals in ways judged to be scientifically, technically, and humanely appropriate. Its standards are mandatory for institutions filing a Animal Welfare Assurance to receive Public Health Service funding and also for institutions accredited by the AAALAC.

The Guide, 8th Edition

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The Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals

The Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals is administered by the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) at the National institutes of Health (NIH). This policy covers all species of animals. It also covers all research funded by the NIH. UToledo maintains a contract called an "Assurance" with OLAW.

OLAW Assurance #: A3414-01

U.S. Government Principles for the Utilization and Care of Vertebrate Animals Used in Testing, Research, and Training

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USDA Policy # 12 of The Animal Welfare Act

Policy #12 of The Animal Welfare Act (AWA) regulations requires principal investigators to consider alternatives to procedures that may cause more than momentary slight pain or distress to the animals and provide a written narrative of the methods used and sources consulted to determine the availability of alternatives, including refinements, reductions and replacements.

Policy #12

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The Mulford Library

The Mulford Library is available to assist with this literature search. 

The Animal Research Alternatives Library Guide was recently extensively revised. Topics in this aid include:

However, this guide emphasizes that Mulford librarians are happy to help consult with researchers and perform exhaustive literature searches.

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AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals, 2013 Edition

"...Methods should be consistent with the AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia (AVMA 2013 edition)."

AVMA Guidelines

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Last Updated: 11/22/23