What it means to be an AAALAC International Member Organization
AAALAC International Member Organizations are a select group of prestigious scientific, professional and educational organizations with an interest in advancing biomedical research and animal well-being in science and education. Each Member Organization appoints a representative to serve as an AAALAC International Member Organization Delegate.
By actively involving major scientific, educational and professional organizations, AAALAC International makes sure that members of the scientific community understand and support the AAALAC International accreditation program.
The benefits of becoming a Member Organization
Becoming an AAALAC International Member Organization demonstrates your constituents' commitment to responsible animal care and use. It's an opportunity to join with other respected groups to communicate that good animal welfare is critical to quality science.
Membership fosters networking with scientists from other disciplines, veterinarians with expertise in research animal medicine and research advocacy groups. It also offers a chance to help shape AAALAC International's programs and policies.
As a Member Organization, in accordance with our Bylaws, you will appoint one representative to serve as an AAALAC International Member Organization Delegate for a three-year term. Your Delegate acts as a liaison between your organization and AAALAC International. Delegates have the opportunity to advise AAALAC International on its programs and activities, vote on behalf of their organizations, participate (in person or electronically) in the annual meeting, and disseminate information about AAALAC International to their organization's membership.
Member Organizations are asked to make a modest contribution to AAALAC International in the form of annual dues. An organization's dues are based on its budget and financial ability, and go to support new programs, initiatives of the Member Organizations and Board of Directors, as well as other activities that advance AAALAC International's mission. (Your organization is also responsible for any travel costs incurred to send your Delegate to AAALAC International's annual meeting which is usually held in Bethesda, Maryland (close to Washington, D.C.), in September.
Please submit your completed Application Form and requested materials in either hard copy or electronic format to AAALAC International. Application packages are then considered and approved by the current AAALAC International House of Delegates. Receipt of application will be confirmed by email within five business days. If you have not received confirmation or have any questions, please contact the AAALAC International Executive Office: