Richard J. Straub has been appointed as director of animal operations and AAALAC compliance for the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. In this role, Straub will assure that CALS is meeting or exceeding animal safety and compliance requirements for all animals associated with the college”s research, instruction and outreach programs.
CALS houses and cares for a wide variety of animals on its Madison campus and agricultural research stations throughout Wisconsin. In February 2007, CALS earned accreditation from the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International, a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs.
AAALAC accreditation places CALS among the top tier of agricultural and life science colleges with respect to standards of animal care. Only 14 agricultural colleges from among U.S. land-grant universities are AAALAC accredited. This assures continued animal research credibility with funding sources and the general public and is a sign of the high level of competence and performance of the research enterprise.
Straub is a professor of biological systems engineering and chair of the department. He previously also served as director of CALS” agricultural research stations. As director of animal operations, he will work with the college”s Animal Care and Use Committee to oversee animal research protocols and AAALAC compliance. He will also continue to serve as the chair of the department of Biological Systems Engineering.
“This is a critically important role for the college across all our missions. Dick brings decades of experience and leadership in the responsible management of animal operations,” says CALS Dean Molly Jahn. “He and his colleagues were instrumental in the college”s securing AAALAC accreditation, and as we head into our next accreditation site visit this fall, his leadership will assure the very best possible position for CALS and UW-Madison.”