Last updated on: 12/9/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should Animals Be Used for Scientific or Commercial Testing?"
Reasoning:

“Scientific research requiring laboratory animals continues to result in spectacular achievements that have advanced our understanding of life and treatment of disease. Continued progress – to benefit human and animal health – requires further animal experimentation because there is, as yet, no single or array of alternative systems that permit the complete replacement for animals. Basic and applied research with animals provides invaluable and currently irreplaceable means to study human conditions because there are so many similarities between the physiology and genetics of animals and humans. While not all systems in animals and man are exactly the same, the differences in many cases are sufficiently small that animals can serve as relevant models for man or other species. Humane and responsible animal research offers the best hope for the development of new methods of prevention, treatment, cure and control of disease, pain and suffering. Animal based research is and will be, for the foreseeable future, indispensable to biomedical progress – for humans and animals.”

“Position Statement on Animal Experimentation,” aclam.org (accessed Oct. 29, 2013)

Description:

“The American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) is a specialty board recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) as the certifying organization for laboratory animal medicine, a recognized specialty within the veterinary medical profession. ACLAM was founded in 1957 to:

  • encourage education, training, and research in laboratory animal medicine;
  • establish standards of training and experience for veterinarians professionally involved with the care and health of laboratory animals; and
  • recognize qualified persons in laboratory animal medicine, through certification examination and other means.”
  • “About Us,” aclam.org (accessed Nov. 15, 2013)

    Mission:

    “To further the educational and scientific progress in the specialty of laboratory animal medicine and to encourage education, training, research, and establish certification standards in the field of laboratory animal medicine.”

    “Form 990: Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax: 2011,” guidestar.org (accessed Nov. 15, 2013)

    Other:
    501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation
    Quoted in:
    Pro & Con Quotes: Should Animals Be Used for Scientific or Commercial Testing?