2010 Webinar: Top Tips for IACUCs

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Top Tips for IACUCs: Perspectives in Animal Care brought together representatives from the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) and a university veterinary service and animal care office to address some of the current issues facing institutional care and use committee (IACUC) professionals.

  • A review of top reportable issues to OLAW – Learn about the types of reportable issues from OLAW's analysis of case reports from 2000 to 2009. What species are involved, who at an institution is responsible for the most reportable events, what corrective actions are typically taken by the IACUC?
  • An OLAW perspective on crisis preparation and management – Learn about the IACUC's oversight role in preparing for and preventing crises that could impact the animal care and use program, e.g. natural disasters, and pandemics.
  • Selection and training of new IACUC chairs and committee members – It is imperative that IACUC members and Chairs be knowledgeable about the rules and regulations in order to fulfill roles and responsibilities towards the humane care and use of laboratory animals. Learn key strategies for selecting and educating new IACUC members and creating effective and respectful relationships with other key stakeholders (researchers, vet staff, administration, etc.).
  • The fundamentals of program review and inspections – Understand the basics for the who, what, where, when, why and how of program review and facility inspections.


The audience for this webinar included all those engaged in or with the IACUC and the work of animal research in general. IACUC chairs, administrators, staff, and members, institutional officials/signatory officials, and industry representatives will find this webinar beneficial.


Patricia A. Brown, VMD, MS, Diplomate ACLAM
Dr. Patricia Brown currently serves as the director, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the Pennsylvania State University and her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She served in the U.S. Air Force for eight years and while on active duty earned a Master of Science degree in Laboratory Animal Medicine from the M.S. Hershey Medical Center, Pennsylvania State University, Hershey, PA. She joined the U.S. Public Health Service in 1986 and has served in a variety of positions at the NIH within the Veterinary Resources Branch, the National Cancer Institute and the Office of Animal Care and Use before joining OLAW in 2006 as the Director. Dr. Brown has served on the Board of Directors of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, is a past president of the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners (ASLAP) and has served on the Board of Trustees of AAALAC International representing ASLAP.

Monte Matthews, BA, CPIA
Monte Matthews is the Office of Veterinary Services & Animal Care Officer 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.