Northeastern University’s animal care and use program and housing facilities are fully accredited by AAALAC, International. AAALAC accreditation is the considered essential for animal care and use programs because it confirms that the institution’s program is of the highest quality and meets the standards set by the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. Northeastern University is also an assured institution with the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare and is registered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Northeastern University’s animal care facilities house primarily mice, rats, hamsters, voles, and occasionally other larger species used by our researchers. The use of all live vertebrate animals at Northeastern University must be part of approved animal care and use protocols.

The operation of all Northeastern University animal facilities is based on established SOP’s (standard operating procedures) that take into consideration standards set by The Guide, the Pubic Health Services Policy on the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and the Animal Welfare Act. Our intentions are to meet and in most cases exceed the standards set by the above.

Each facility is comprised of multiple animal housing rooms, facility support space, and procedure rooms where researchers work with their animals. Each facility is staffed by trained DLAM animal care technicians that take care of the husbandry of the animals in their care as well as maintain the facilities.