AAALAC International stands for the "Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care". AAALAC is a nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs. AAALAC only endorses the use of animals to advance medicine and science when there are no non-animal alternatives, and when it is done in an ethical and humane way. AAALAC works with institutions and researchers to serve as a bridge between progress and animal well-being. This is done through AAALAC's voluntary accreditation process in which research programs demonstrate that they meet the minimum standards required by law, and are also going the extra step to achieve excellence in animal care and use.