IACUC 101: The Basics

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IACUC 101™: "The Basics" is a full day didactic and interactive educational opportunity for both new and seasoned IACUC members, IACUC affiliates and others who contribute to their institution’s animal care and use program. Didactic sessions address institutional responsibilities, IACUC charges, relevant informational resources, animal welfare laws, regulations and policies, and best practices. Students also are challenged to consider, deliberate, and develop action plans for a variety of potential IACUC scenarios. The course includes Q&A sessions with representatives from USDA, OLAW and AAALAC.

Continuing Education Credits

IACUC 101™ has been approved by the AAVSB RACE program for 6.5 hours of continuing education in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval.

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 6.5 CE credit hours.

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  • "This course was excellent for attendees and a lot of valuable information was provided by quality representatives.  This is my third PRIM&R meeting in six months and your communications across the board are excellent."
  • "This was a terrific opportunity for a newcomer like me!  It was very helpful to have all resources available, and it provided a great foundation to get started."
  • "The speakers were very good: interesting, and dynamic.  The content was relevant and useful.  I enjoyed this session a lot and hope to attend more."

Program Faculty

Lynn AndersonLynn C. Anderson, DVM, DACLAM, is the institutional official and vice president of global animal welfare and comparative medicine for Covance Research Laboratories, Inc. She has over 30 years of experience developing and directing animal care and use programs, having served as the attending veterinarian and, ultimately, as the institutional official for Merck Research Laboratories. She also provided leadership for a global consulting and staffing business that provided technical and scientific personnel for academic, commercial and government research institutions in North America and Europe. In addition to her clinical expertise, Dr. Anderson has extensive experience in animal facility design, personnel training and management and regulatory affairs. Dr. Anderson is a Diplomate and Past President of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) and Past President of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) and the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practices (ASLAP). She was co-editor of Laboratory Animal Medicine, 2nd edition and a member of the editorial board for the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) / Applied Research Ethics National Association (ARENA) Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Guidebook, 2nd edition. She also serves as a specialist consultant and trustee for the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC International).

John BradfieldJohn Bradfield PhD, DVM, PhD, DACLAM, is senior director, AAALAC International. He is also a veterinarian and a Diplomate ACLAM. In his current role at AAALAC International, he is responsible for education and outreach activities. Dr. Bradfield has had many years’ experience with the accreditation process including as an ad hoc consultant and 10 years’ service as a Council member of AAALAC International and, most recently, as council president. He has served as director of the division of laboratory animal medicine and attending veterinarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and also as chair of the department of comparative medicine at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. He has extensive experience in academic laboratory animal medicine, managing animal programs and working with animal care and use committees. Prior to his career in laboratory animal medicine, Dr Bradfield was a large animal practitioner. Dr Bradfield earned his PhD in experimental pathology and has authored scholarly publications in various areas of laboratory animal medicine, wound healing and vascular and platelet biology.

Jerry CollinsJerry Collins, PhD, is professor emeritus of anesthesiology, a senior research scientist in anesthesiology, and senior advisor to the associate vice president for research administration at the Yale University School of Medicine. He is also the past chair of the Yale IACUC. Prior to chairing the Yale IACUC, he worked with local, state, and national organizations to improve scientific literacy among high school students. During that time he was the Yale University spokesperson on the subject of the use of animals in research, teaching, and testing.  Dr. Collins developed and served as the first chair of the Society for Neuroscience Committee on Neuroscience Literacy and worked closely with National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR) in efforts to educate the public about the importance of animals in the research process. Dr. Collins served on the board of directors of Scientists Center for Animal Welfare and NABR.  He also served as a member of the AAALAC International Council on Accreditation and as a consultant to the OLAW Division of Policy and Education.

Cynthia GillettCynthia (Cyd) S. Gillett, DVM, DACLAM, CPIA, is the institutional veterinarian and director of research animal resources at the University of Minnesota. She is responsible for the administration of the animal care and use program and for regulatory oversight, compliance and training related to animal care and use. Dr. Gillett earned her veterinary degree from Michigan State University and is a board-certified laboratory animal veterinarian. Dr. Gillett is a council member emeritus of AAALAC International.  She has been active in many laboratory animal professional organizations, having served as a board member and president of ACLAM.  She is a chapter author in The IACUC Handbook and Laboratory Animals, Regulations and Recommendations for Global Collaborative Research. Dr. Gillett is a Certified Professional IACUC Administrator (CPIA®). She lives in St. Paul, MN with her lab animal vet husband, Dan, has 2 children named Abe and Lydia, rides at the Windy Ridge Ranch, and recommends the book A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland Indiana to anyone who likes to laugh.

Mary Lou JamesMary Lou James, BA, LATg, CPIA, is a consultant for regulatory compliance, research, and animal welfare in St. Louis, MO. After earning a BA in biochemistry from Vassar College, she joined Merck Research Laboratories in Rahway, NJ, where she worked in the department of fundamental and exploratory biochemistry and the department of growth factor research. She completed her 13 years at Merck as manager of regulatory affairs in the department of laboratory animal resources. In 1993, Ms. James became a consultant, and is most active conducting institutional animal care and use program evaluations and IACUC training, in addition to implementing programs that meet the Animal Welfare Act and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) animal welfare regulations, Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and the Guide to the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. Her clients include large and small academic institutions, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, contract research organizations, and the government. She is co-developer and administrator of the nationally recognized IACUC 101 Series courses and president of the IACUC 101 Series nonprofit organization. She is an IACUC program consultant and a member of the Lab Animal Magazine editorial board, and a former AAALAC International ad-hoc Specialist and OLAW consultant. She is active in multiple organizations, including PRIM&R. Ms. James is the 2001 recipient of the AALAS George R. Collins Award for outstanding contributions to the field of laboratory animal training at the local and national level, and the 2006 recipient of the New Jersey Association for Biomedical Research First Annual 3 R's Recognition Award for "developing novel ways to enhance awareness of the principles of replacement, reduction and refinement as applied in advancing biomedical research and improving animal welfare.”

Monte MatthewsMonte Matthews, BA, CPIA, is the director for animal care services at the University of Oregon. He has been involved with IACUC training since 1990 at the University of Oregon, and is one of the original creators of the IACUC 101 and 201 series, of which he is co-director, vice president, and core faculty member. Mr. Matthews has published several articles and presented many workshops on IACUC issues and zebrafish care and use. Mr. Matthews is active in several animal related research organizations, including PRIM&R and AALAS. He is a founding member of the Council for Certified Professional IACUC Administrators. He is a current board member for the NABR, and a past board member of the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research. He is also past president of both the Oregon Biomedical Research Association and the Oregon branch of AALAS. Mr. Matthews enjoys many hobbies, but standing in a river and waving a stick is his favorite passion.

Marky PittsMarky Pitts, CPIA, currently consults with universities, organizations, and companies on IACUC issues, and is an officer and faculty member of the IACUC 101 Series. Ms. Pitts retired from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) after serving as director of the animal subjects program from 1984 to 2003. She also served as director of animal research issues in UCSD’s public information office.   She serves on the Board of Trustees for AALAC International, and served on its Executive Committee from 2010 to 2012. She also serves as an AALAC International ad hoc consultant and specialist and a National Institutes of Health (NIH) site visitor. She was a member of the IACUC for the Zoological Society of San Diego from 1989 to 2013. Ms. Pitts has presented on various animal research-related issues for many organizations, including PRIM&R, Scientists Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW), AALAS, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, Society for Neurosciences, Society of Research Administrators International, National Council of University Research Administrators, and UCSD. Ms. Pitts has published articles in Lab Animal magazine and the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research Journal. In addition, she chaired the editorial committee for the OLAW/ARENA Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Guidebook, 2nd edition, and served as a member of the NIH study on regulatory burden animal care and use workgroup in 1998. Ms. Pitts received the California Biomedical Research Association’s Distinguished Service Award in May 1999, and was the inaugural recipient of the ARENA Legacy Award in 2007. She is also the 2000 recipient of the ARENA Distinguished Service Award. Ms. Pitts served as a member of PRIM&R’s Board of Directors from 1997 to 2012, and is a past president of arena.

Ernest PrenticeErnest D. Prentice, PhD, is the associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and institutional official for the animal care and use program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  In addition to his scholarly work in the fields of anatomy and medical education, Dr. Prentice is a frequent contributor to the literature on the ethics and regulation of both human and animal research, and he is a frequent speaker at meetings on various aspects of research ethics.  He serves as a faculty member for PRIM&R’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) 101SM and IRB 250 courses, as well as its IACUC 101 and IACUC 201 courses, which are held at universities across the United States. Dr. Prentice is past president of the Board of Trustees for SCAW and is chair of the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Executive Advisory Committee.  In 2003, Dr. Prentice was awarded SCAW’s Harry C. Roswell Award for his contributions to the enhancement of laboratory animal welfare, and in 2005 Dr. Prentice received the Applied Research Ethics National Association (ARENA) Distinguished Service Award.  In 2006, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Human Research Protections presented Dr. Prentice with a medallion for outstanding achievement in human subject protections.

Susan Silk, MS, serves as the director of the division of policy and education at OLAW. In this capacity she has expanded the national animal welfare program by developing and implementing targeted online real-time webinars. Prior to her appointment at OLAW, Ms. Silk was the senior scientific writer in the National Cancer Institute Office of the Director, developing communications and educational programs for three years. From 1998 until 2003, as director of the Office of Mice Advice, she developed policy and programs for the National Cancer Institute Intramural Research Program. Her prior experience includes directing transgenic mouse core laboratories at NIH and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Susan has an MS in genetics from the University of Maryland, a BS in biomedical illustration from the University of Maryland, and a BFA in design and fine art from Maryland Institute College of Art.

Tanya Tims, BS, DVM, is a supervisory veterinary medical officer for USDA Animal Care. Dr. Tims received her BS in biology from Emporia State University and her DVM from Kansas State University (KSU). Prior to attending veterinary college, she was a zookeeper for seven years and worked for the Kansas State Rabies Diagnostic Laboratory for two years.  Following graduation from KSU, she practiced small animal/exotics medicine near Pittsburg, KS.  She joined the USDA Animal Care team in June 2004 and was the veterinary medical officer in the Kansas City area until February 2007. Currently she is the animal care field supervisor for northern Missouri, southern Iowa, and eastern Kansas.