Webinar: Adopting and Retiring Research Animals: Best Practices and Lived Experiences

Thursday, November 7 | 2:30-3:45 PM ET

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Many institutions have well-established practices pertaining to adoption/retirement of research animals. As legislative efforts at the federal and state levels increasingly make such practices mandatory, it’s in the interest of research institutions to proactively create and improve their adoption/retirement programs. Such programs enable institutions to maintain control of their own practices, gain public trust, and provide alternatives for healthy post-study animals that meet institutional adoption/retirement criteria.


  • Current frameworks: the legislative environment, association policy statements, and the state of adoption/retirement programs at institutions
  • Success stories and lessons learned from programs at the speakers’ institutions, and tips for establishing a new program
  • Ethical considerations and special cases (such as animals with permanent disabilities)
  • Q&A

What will I learn?

After attending this webinar, you will be able to do the following as it pertains to research animal adoption/retirement programs:

  • Define current requirements at the legislative and institutional level
  • Describe some ethical and operational best practices
  • Strategize around developing a program at your institution

Who should attend?

This webinar is aimed at IACUC professionals and members, veterinarians, and researchers who are considering establishing or who are looking to improve upon their research adoption/retirement policies or practices.

Continuing Education

Webinar participants holding the Certified Professional in IACUC Administration (CPIA®) credential may apply 1.25 continuing education credits towards CPIA recertification. Learn More »


Lyndon J GoodlyLyndon J Goodly, DVM, DACLAM, MS, has served as the director of the Division of Animal Resources and as an associate vice chancellor of research at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign since 2004. Dr. Goodly is the institutional veterinarian for the campus and holds a faculty appointment at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Goodly is an active diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) and co-authored the Adoption of Research Animals – ACLAM position statement. Dr. Goodly is a 1990 graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Goodly's personal interests include golfing, tournament poker, and working to end the stigma of mental illness through his association with the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Lyndon has been married to Stephanie, his wife of over 34 years and together have three adult children.

Eric HutchinsonEric K. Hutchinson, DVM, DACLAM, is the attending veterinarian, director of Research Animal Resources, and an assistant professor of molecular and comparative pathobiology at Johns Hopkins University (JHU). Dr. Hutchinson studied English and psychology at Georgetown University, then worked as an animal behavior and enrichment specialist at the National Institutes of Health Division of Veterinary Resources before attending veterinary school at Colorado State University (CSU). At CSU, he worked as the enrichment coordinator for Laboratory Animal Resources and conducted research on the effects of typical cage enrichments on the physiology and behavior of mice. He completed the laboratory animal medicine residency and transitioned to the faculty at JHU in 2011, and became a diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine in 2012. He directed the behavioral management program at NIH's Division of Veterinary Resources from 2014-2016 before returning to JHU. Dr. Hutchinson’s primary research experience and interests are the behavioral and physiological consequences of laboratory environments for research animals, and how those may impact experiments. He has ongoing projects examining the biological correlates and treatment of self-injurious behavior in rhesus macaques; testing pharmacologic and behavioral interventions to facilitate social introductions of nonhuman primates; and validating conventional and novel tests of animal well-being. He has also conducted clinical research into the diagnosis and treatment of wasting syndrome in marmosets and chronic diarrhea in macaques.

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