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  • First-Time  Attendees: Getting the Most Out of Your Conference Experience

    Will 2017 be your first time at PRIM&R’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Conference? There’s a lot happening onsite, and knowing what to expect in advance can help you make the most of it.

    Getting Ready to Attend

    • Register to attend the Continental Breakfast to Welcome First-Time Attendees, which gives you a chance to ask questions about the conference, PRIM&R membership and other programming, and to learn about resources that can help you make the most of your conference experience.
    • Print the schedule of sessions you chose when you registered to help you plan your days. Except for events that are noted in the Conference Agenda as requiring pre-registration, you are welcome to attend any sessions onsite. If you wish to attend something that required advanced registration, stop by the Help Desk. If there’s room, we can accommodate you.
    • Review the Conference Attendee Newsletters that we'll send to you in the weeks leading up to the conference. These emails will include information about passwords for handouts, late-breaking additions or changes to the agenda, and other important logistical information.
    • Print any handouts that are available via the conference website. These will be designated with a page icon pageicon (2) on the session description, and will be available approximately two weeks before the conference.
    • Review the Conference Bibliography, a list of reference articles related to each of the keynote and plenary sessions, which will be shared with you in the coming weeks.

    Network, network, network

    • Once you check-in at the conference, select from the networking ribbons displayed in the Registration Area. These ribbons offer an array of professional roles/affiliations and are a great way to find others with similar interests.
    • Past attendees tell us how much the conference content is enhanced by follow-up or expanded conversations with other attendees. We encourage attendees to use time in between sessions, at beverage breaks, and/or at the receptions to network with other attendees.
    • There are three receptions to help you meet other attendees and network: one for the pre-conference program attendees on March 19, a second to welcome all IACUC17 attendees on March 20, and a young professionals reception on March 20. There are also several meal-time opportunities to meet fellow attendees. See the Conference Agenda for times and locations.
    • Have a particular challenge you're at the conference to solve? Plan to attend the Roundtable Discussions on March 20 from 5:45 to 6:45 PM. All are welcome, but pre-registration is strongly encouraged to reserve your seat. See the Conference Agenda for more information on this event.

    Pre-conference Programs

    We realize it can be a challenge to be away from the office for that extra day, but if possible, it makes sense to take advantage of the in-depth programming offered by our pre-conference programs.
    This year's offerings are:

    Using attendance to advance your career

    Attending IACUC17 will help you make progress on your continuing education goals. Continuing education credits earned via attendance at this year’s meeting can be used for:

    • Certified Professional IACUC Administrator (CPIA) recertification: Information on recertification can be found here.
    • PRIM&R’sCertificate in the Ethical Foundations of Animal Care and Use Overview: The IACUC Conference is a core requirement of this program and so, if you’re not eligible for the CPIA credential, consider signing up for the certificate program.
    • Self-reporting to other professional associations: Use the Certificate of Attendance from IACUC17, which you will receive upon completing the last day’s evaluation, to self-report to other professional associations. Please contact those associations to determine whether credits earned at IACUC17 are eligible and, if so, how many.