Advanced Noncompliance Scenarios for IACUCs: Laboratory Animals and Wildlife


USDA, OLAW, AAALAC and other groups involved in animal research oversight activities provide varying guidance with respect to defining noncompliance and prescribing how IACUCs should best handle and report incidents of noncompliance. While there are increasing efforts toward harmonization and communication, IACUCs may struggle with how to identify noncompliance, how and when to report, and what approaches are best to correct and prevent noncompliance in the future. This is especially true for non-typical research, such as activities involving wildlife.

This webinar will briefly review the current standards and guidance while presenting interactive scenarios to assist IACUCs in navigating the challenges associated with identifying, investigating, reporting, correcting, and preventing future noncompliance at their institution, whether in the lab or in the field. Additionally, best practices for documenting and evaluating noncompliance will be reviewed.


  • History and current guidance
  • Noncompliance scenarios in biomedical and wildlife research
  • Communication, training, and postapproval monitoring (PAM)

What will I learn?

After attending this webinar, you will be able to do the following in the context of research with animals in the laboratory and in the wild:

  • Identify noncompliance and evaluate methods of effectively documenting and tracking noncompliance incidents and their resolutions
  • Distinguish noncompliance reporting requirements among the various regulatory, funding, and certification agencies
  • Point out common misconceptions regarding suspension of activities, reporting mechanisms and timelines, and corrective actions
  • Evaluate methods of reducing noncompliance

Who should attend?

This webinar will benefit IACUC members, IACUC chairs, attending veterinarians, IACUC administrators, compliance officers, and PAM personnel.

Continuing Education

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


Stacy Pritt, DVM, MS, MBA, CPIA, CHRC, DACAW is the assistant vice president (AVP) for conflict of interest (COI) and the IACUC at the University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center. She was the director of the IACUC at UTSW from 2013-2018 before being promoted to AVP. She also holds a faculty associate appointment within the psychiatry department (ethics division). As AVP of COI and IACUC, she oversees regulatory compliance activities (COI, IACUC, export control, and stem cell research oversight) for one of the largest research programs in the US. Dr. Pritt holds a BS in biology from the California State Polytechnic University at Pomona and a DVM degree from Washington State University. Additionally, she holds an MS in managerial science and an MBA in Healthcare Management. She is CPIA certified and a diplomate of the American College of Animal Welfare. Dr. Pritt was previously on faculty at the Harvard Medical School where she served as associate director for animal care, training, and operations and was the director of regulatory compliance and animal welfare at Covance. Dr. Pritt is a recognized authority on animal program regulatory compliance. She regularly speaks to research audiences and has authored more than 25 publications on management and regulatory compliance. In 2012 she was awarded the TurnKey Animal Facility Leader of the Year Award and in 2014 she served as program chair for the University of Texas System IACUC Symposium focusing on process improvement. In 2015, she was the recipient of the Laboratory Animal Welfare Training Exchange (LAWTE) 2015 Founders' Award and Laboratory Animal Management Association's (LAMA) Ron Orta Award. In 2016, she was the recipient of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) George R. Collins Education and Training Award.

Tracy Thompson, DVM is the veterinary medical officer in the wildlife health branch of the National Park Service (NPS). Following graduation from the Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Thompson’s career as a veterinarian has been rich and varied, involving companion animal practice, veterinarian for captive zoo and wild animal facilities, attending veterinarian (AV) and research associate for the Venom Lab at the Western Institute for Biomedical Research, an instructor and AV for a veterinary technology program, and as a veterinary medical officer for Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico with the USDA, APHIS, Animal Care. Dr. Thompson currently works in the biological resources division of the wildlife health branch of the NPS Washington Support Office in Fort Collins, CO. She serves as the IACUC chair and AV for the NPS IACUC which oversees research activities involving vertebrate wildlife within NPS units. She also provides technical assistance to parks regarding wildlife disease and health, with particular emphasis for herpetofauna, and in applying animal welfare standards for the care of display animals at cultural heritage parks. Additionally, she serves as a faculty member for the Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education (ICARE) project sponsored by NIH/OLAW, is an IACUC member for the American Society of Mammalogists, and is a representative for NPS on the disease task team for Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC). Dr. Thompson is a grateful resident of Colorado where she, her husband, and her dog enjoy exploring the mountains and deserts she calls home.


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