Essentials of IACUC Administration

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Essentials of IACUC Administration is a one-and-a-half day course that provides attendees with knowledge and tools to effectively manage an animal care and use program. After attending this course, you will be able to:

  • List key components of an IACUC program, 
  • Understand the primary responsibilities of IACUC administrators, 
  • Discuss strategies for creating and maintaining a culture of compliance, and
  • Implement best practices to ensure that IACUC administrators and their staff provide the support necessary to develop and continually strengthen both the IACUC and the broader animal care and use program. 

This program is ideal for experienced IACUC administrators and support staff, as well as training and compliance personnel. Although not required, it is suggested that attendees attend a pre-requisite "basics" course (IACUC 101™ or IACUC 201), or possess a working knowledge of the rules and regulations pertaining to research with animals prior to taking this course.

Continuing Education Credits

Participants holding the CPIA® credential who wish to apply credits from this pre-conference program toward CPIA® recertification may submit the Certificate of Attendance they received upon completing the online evaluation as documentation of their participation. Participation in this pre-conference program counts as 12.25 CE credit hours.

Attendee Feedback

When asked to share their thoughts on Essentials of IACUC Administration, last year’s attendees say… 

  • "As long as I am working in the field, I would consider this an important educational tool that should be completed every two years, at the least."
  • "The way the faculty shared stories and built upon each other experience was awesome! This material is very content heavy, but as a team they kept it light and enjoyable. I have so many notes to take back to my program, and I know there will be some improvements as a result."
  • "I loved the breakout groups!  It was extremely helpful to be able to discuss with a small group of colleagues about unique issues/challenges, etc. within your program."
  • "All three of the faculty are extremely knowledgeable, and actually know how to present. It's not just about reading off of slides and repeating things verbatim. They make sure to highlight the important things, and they also tell ‘real-life’ relevant stories, which are excellent."

Program Faculty

Marcy BrownMarcy Brown, BS, MA, CPIA, Regulatory Compliance, Comparative Medicine, is the regulatory compliance lead for Pfizer Worldwide Research & Development- Comparative Medicine, La Jolla, California. Founded in 1849, Pfizer is the world’s premier biopharmaceutical company, dedicated to discovering and developing new, and better, ways to prevent and treat disease and improve the health and quality of life for people around the world. As the regulatory compliance lead, Marcy is responsible for ensuring “flawless animal care and welfare” at the La Jolla site, as well as alignment with Pfizer global Comparative Medicine and Research and Development endeavors. Marcy serves on the Council for Certified Professional IACUC Administrators (CCPIA), on the board of directors of the California Biomedical Research Association (CBRA), on the board of directors of the National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR), and as an AAALAC, International ad hoc Specialist. She has a biology background and holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Previously, Marcy worked for several years as the director of the IACUC at a large academic institution, giving her a broad perspective on animal welfare, research, and compliance issues in both academic and industry settings.

Deb FrolicherDeb Frolicher, BS, CPIA, is the IACUC director at the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, CA. Prior to getting involved in the work of IACUCs, Ms. Frolicher worked in biomedical research as a laboratory technician and, subsequently, as a research associate and lab manager. She also worked as an instructor for circulation technology and anesthesiology student laboratories. Ms. Frolicher has worked with various animal models and a variety of species, including snakes, lizards, rodents, ducks, dogs, pigs, goats, cattle, and a colony of diabetic monkeys. When Ms. Frolicher transitioned to an IACUC administrative role, she found her experience in the laboratory enabled her to work effectively with investigators and research staff to integrate IACUC review and oversight into their research program. Ms. Frolicher presents often at PRIM&R’s annual IACUC Conference, served as a mentor through PRIM&R’s Mentoring Program, and has remained a PRIM&R member for many years. She earned her Certified Professional IACUC Administrator (CPIA®) credential in 2008, and is currently serving on the Council for CPIA.  Ms. Frolicher is also a member of the Scientists Center for Animal Welfare.


MJ ShepherdMary Jo Shepherd, DVM, CPIA, is executive director of the office of the IACUC at Columbia University. In this position she administers an IACUC for a large animal care and use program. She has served on IACUCs since early 1988, and was a member of five IACUCs for a number of years while serving as attending veterinarian for a privately owned medical device testing laboratory. She has spent over eight years working in the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Shepherd is currently active in PRIM&R, and previously served as the chair of the Council for Certified Professional IACUC Administrator. In 2012, she received PRIM&R’s Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Shepherd has been active in the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) at the local and national levels, and is currently serving on AALAS’ editorial review board. In addition, she has been actively involved in the planning of the New Jersey Association for Biomedical Research’s annual IACUC conference for over 11 years, and has served on the Americans for Medical Progress Board of Directors for five years. Dr. Shepherd was a member of the 2015 IACUC Conference Planning Committee.