At a visit to the University of Texas Medical Branch in 2010, the United States Department of Agriculture questioned how some animals were handled during research. UTMB has addressed the issues identified by the USDA and has paid a fine of $9,143. We also intensified our training of personnel, revised procedures as needed and bolstered our internal monitoring systems.
We take our mission to improve health care through education, patient care and research very seriously. This includes clinical and animal-based studies. Virtually every major medical advance in the last century originated from animal research.
We remain committed to protecting animals from needless suffering and would never condone abuse or neglect. We continue to strive to provide the most humane treatment to animals involved in our research studies, and we expect our staff to adhere to the highest ethical, legal and scientific standards. We remain committed to conducting potentially life-saving research and are proud of our AAALAC Accreditation, a symbol of the highest commitment to animal care.