Louisiana State University and A & M College endorses and complies with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) position statement regarding animal welfare, and complies with the guidelines as stated in the National Institutes of Health's ( NIH) Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, 2011.
This institution also endorses the position of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) regarding animal welfare, and complies with the provisions of the School of Veterinary Medicine, Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine (DLAM) Policy and Procedures Manual, revised December, 2011.
In addition, this institution is fully accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International (AAALAC), indicating verified compliance with the requirements for the proper care and treatment of all vertebrate laboratory animals, irrespective of species, location, investigator, use, or funding source.
Lastly, the University has on file with the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW), an approved Assurance Statement (#A3612-01).
All animal care is under the centralized jurisdiction of the Director of the DLAM, David G. Baker, DVM, MS, PhD, MPH, Diplomate ACLAM.
DLAM staff includes two clerical support persons, a Chief Clinical Veterinarian, two veterinary residents in laboratory animal medicine, three area supervisors, and approximately 15 animal caretakers.
There are approximately 45,000 square feet of animal housing in two facilities.
Animals housed include dogs, cats, swine, horses, cattle, sheep, goats, psittacines, reptiles, poultry, fish, amphibians, rodents, rabbits, and nonhuman primates.