Webinar: Agricultural Research with Farm Animals: IACUC Scenarios and Considerations

January 30 | 1:00-2:15 PM ET

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Agricultural research involving farm animals can present interesting challenges for defining appropriate environmental and housing conditions, assessing potential pain and distress animals may experience, and identifying potential hazards that can impact the safety of both animals and personnel. IACUCs responsible for overseeing agricultural research programs are often asked to evaluate production environments and practices that do not neatly fit within the current regulatory framework. Balancing animal welfare with research objectives requires the insight of individuals who understand the optimal care and behavioral needs of each specific species involved in the research. During this webinar, speakers will review scenarios that demonstrate some of the challenges encountered during the review of research involving agricultural animals.


  • Assessing housing conditions and husbandry practices for animals housed in a production environment
  • Implementing effective management strategies to alleviate potential pain and/or distress associated with common procedures
  • Establishing a sound Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) program to mitigate hazards often encountered in agricultural research programs

Each section will contain an IACUC review scenario. This webinar will focus specifically on agricultural research conducted with farm animals, and not biomedical research conducted with farm animals.

Learning Objectives

After attending this webinar, attendees will be able to do the following:

  • Identify differences in housing and husbandry standards for agricultural species
  • Recognize some of the challenges associated with characterizing and managing pain and distress in agricultural animals
  • Avoid common pitfalls of safety oversight, and implement effective training to keep animals and workers healthy and safe


The intended audience for this webinar is IACUC professionals and members who review agricultural research with traditional farm animals. Agriculture program managers, veterinary care staff, and animal care staff may also benefit from attending this webinar.

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


Juliette HansonJuliette Hanson is the director of the PAAR (Biosafetly Level 3- Agriculture) High containment facility and Veterinarian for Agricultural programs at OSU’s Wooster campus encompassing the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) and the Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI). Dr. Hanson graduated in 1993 from University of Minnesota with a DVM and entered private practice in rural Pennsylvania, where all species were served, with an emphasis on dairy production. After 5 years in practice she joined the OARDC as the veterinarian for agricultural programs. These programs service a large agricultural biomedical program, animal sciences, production research, extension and a 2 year associates degree program. In 2011, Dr. Hanson completed a master’s in public health veterinary public health and also became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2017, the OARDC registered a project in the new BL3 agriculture facility, where she is director. The Agricultural facilities became AAALAC accredited in 2019. Dr. Hanson serves on the IACUC, IBC and numerous IACUC subcommittees.

Dr. Susan B. Harper

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