Terms and Abbreviations

Abbreviation Meaning
AAALAC Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International 
AALAS American Association for Laboratory Animal Science
ACLAM American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine
ad libitum (ad lib freely, or as desired
ALAT Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician
AVMA American Veterinary Medical Association
AWA Animal Welfare Act
AWIC Animal Welfare Information Center
b.i.d. twice per day
BSL biosafety levels
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CEO Chief Executive Officer
cm centimeter
CO 2 carbon dioxide
DEA Drug Enforcement Agency
DF Defined flora
DNA Deoxyribonucleic Acid
Dx diagnosis
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
FDA Food & Drug Administration
FOIA Freedom of Information Act
g gram
GLP Good Laboratory Practices
H,O water
HEPA High Efficiency Particulate Air
IACUC Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
IC Intracardiac
ID Intradermal
iiFAR Incurably III for Animal Research
ILAR Institute of Laboratory Animal Resources
IM Intramuscular
IP Intraperitoneal
IV Intravenous
kg kilogram
I or L liter
LAT Laboratory Animal Technician
LATG Laboratory Animal Technologist
m meter
mg milligram
ml milliliter
mm millimeter
NABR National Association for Biomedical Research
NIH National Institutes of Health
NPO nothing by mouth (no feed or water)
NRC Nuclear Regulatory Commission
NSAIDS Non-SteroidalAnti-Inflammatory Drugs
NSF National Science Foundation
OPRR Office for Protection from Research Risks
PETA People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
PHS Public Health Service
PI Principal Investigator
PO by mouth (per os)
PPE Personal Protective Equipment
PPM parts per million
psi pounds per square inch
q.i.d. four times per day
Rx prescription
s.i.d. once per day
SC or SQ Subcutaneous
SOP Standard Operating Procedures
SPF Specific Pathogen-Free
stat immediately
t.i.d. three times per day
Tx treatment
USDA United States Department of Agriculture
0C Celsius (centigrade)
0F Fahrenheit

AFrom ALAT Taining Manual, 1998 ed. AALAS
92 1998 AALAS Reference Directory

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