Loyola's med school mistreated animals, reports showLoyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine is an AAALAC accredited institution.
Dog, rabbit deaths reported at med school
By Jodi S. Cohen Chicago Tribune reporter
July 22, 2008
U.S. Department of Agriculture inspections of Loyola University's medical school found numerous violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act, including improper procedures that resulted in the deaths of rabbits and dogs.
Three inspection reports of Loyola's biomedical research from 2006 and 2007 obtained by an animal rights group under the Freedom of Information Act revealed poor veterinary care, inadequately trained personnel and sloppy record keeping. Rabbits died from bacterial infections, and dogs died when they were not sufficiently monitored after surgery, the agency found.
In an October procedure, a rabbit suffered a fracture during a bonemarrow transplant and died the following day, according to the reports. In another case, a rabbit was observed as not doing well on Oct. 3, but laboratory records failed to indicate it was given any treatment or considered for euthanasia before it died Oct. 9.
Loyola laboratory employees did not provide adequate post-operative care of dogs when it left them unmonitored overnight, according to an inspection report. During those hours, complications occurred in five of the animals and all of them died by the following day.
The Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, or AAALAC International,
is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs.Demonstrating their commitment, apparently, by not providing adequate post-operative care for the animals they vivisect.
More than 750 companies, universities, hospitals, government agencies and other research institutions in 29 countries have earned AAALAC accreditation, demonstrating their commitment to responsible animal care and use.