2008 Webinar: Implementing Best Practices in the Evolving World of IACUCs

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Implementing Best Practices in the Evolving World of IACUCs addressed some frequently vexing issues facing institutional animal care and use committee professionals and will provide in-depth information and concrete strategies for enhancing your IACUC's operations. Participants heard examples of best practices, and will gain insight into improving their institution’s policies and procedures.

In this engaging and highly practical offering from our highly respected faculty, participants learned more about...

  • Avoiding over-interpretation of the rules and subsequent self-imposed regulatory burden
  • Essentials for international collaborations
  • Difficult protocols (What is a difficult protocol? What are some creative ways that IACUCs can manage these kinds of protocols?)
  • The IACUC policy swap shop (What is a policy? Is it good to have IACUC policies? If so, which ones are beneficial? Do you have to reinvent the wheel? If not, where can you go for guidance?


Monte Matthews
Monte Matthews is the Director of Veterinary Services and Animal Care at the University of Oregon. He has been involved with IACUC training since 1990 at the University, is one of the original creators of the IACUC 101 course, and is its Co-Director and core faculty member. Mr. Matthews has published articles on IACUC training and zebrafish care. He is active in several animal related research organizations, including PRIM&R, American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS), and is a board member of the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research. He is past president of both the Oregon Biomedical Research Association and the Oregon branch of AALAS. Monte enjoys many hobbies, but standing in a river and waving a stick is his favorite passion.

John Miller, DVM, DACLAM
John Miller is Executive Director Emeritus of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC). Dr. Miller assumed the position of Executive Director in 1996, after retiring from the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) as the Deputy Director of the National Institutes of Health’s Office for Protection from Research Risks (OPRR). Before his PHS assignment, he served in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps for more than 16 years, directing programs of animal care and use at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. In 1998, Dr. Miller was named as the first Director of OPRR’s Division of Animal Welfare (now known as the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare), and later served for nine months as both Acting Director and Deputy Director of OPRR. He has been active in international efforts to harmonize animal care and use standards, and chairs the U.S. Working Group for Animal Welfare that, working through the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), developed and periodically revises the animal welfare requirements of ISO 10993, Biological evaluation of medical devices. With 12 grandchildren from North Carolina to California not visited enough, miles of trout streams not fished, hundreds of golf courses not played, acres of deadfall not cleared, and dozens of causes without enough volunteers, Dr. Miller’s 2008 retirement has been a full-time activity.

Certificates of Attendance

Certificates of Attendance for Implementing Best Practices in the Evolving World of IACUCs were made available at the conclusion of the webinar. To access the certificate, you must first complete the online evaluation. These certificates are useful for obtaining Continuing Education Credits (not Continuing Medical Education Credits) from professional associations. Note that guidelines concerning Continuing Education Credits may differ, and you should consult the appropriate professional association representative for further guidance.