2011 Webinar: Preparing for the CPIA Certification Exam

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The Preparing for the Certified Professional IACUC Administrator (CPIA®) Certification Exam: What You Need to Know webinar featured a discussion by two presenters with in-depth knowledge of the certification process.

Topics covered included:

  • The basics: Eligibility requirements for CPIA certification and a summary of the exam structure from a representative of the CPIA Council
  • The whys, whats, and hows of exam preparation: Reasons to certify; professional experience relevant to the exam; and tips for preparing adequately for the exam


This webinar was relevant to anyone considering taking the examination to earn the CPIA credential. You can check the necessary qualifications for taking the exam here.


Jamie Gothro, RVT, LATG, CMAR, CPIA
Jamie Gothro is currently the Animal Welfare Officer/Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Administrator at the VA San Diego Healthcare System. In this position she administers the IACUC for a mid-sized animal care and use program. She has served on IACUCs since 2006, and has performed protocol review since 1995. Jamie has worked in the laboratory animal field since 1991 and held various roles, such as veterinary technician, personnel trainer, operations manager, compliance officer and facility supervisor prior to her current position at the VASDHS. Jamie is a California Registered Veterinary Technician, and AALAS (American Association for Laboratory Animal Science) certified as both an LATG and Certified Manager of Animal Resources (CMAR). In 2007, she was in the first group of individuals to undergo and pass the Certified Professional IACUC Administrators (CPIA) examination.

Mary Jo Shepherd, DVM, CPIA
Mary Jo Shepherd is currently IACUC Coordinator at Pfizer Inc. in Groton, Connecticut. In this position she administers the IACUC for a large animal care and use program. She has served on IACUCs since early 1988 and was a member of five IACUCs for a number of years while working at a privately owned medical device testing laboratory. Mary Jo is currently active in PRIM&R and is on the Planning Committee for PRIM&R’s 2011 IACUC Conference. She is the Chair of the PRIM&R Council on the Certification of Professional IACUC Administrators (CCPIA). She has been active in the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) at the local and national levels and is currently serving on AALAS’s Editorial Review Board. She has been actively involved in the planning of the New Jersey Association for Biomedical Research’s (NJABR) annual IACUC seminar for over ten years. Dr. Shepherd was also on the Board of Directors of Americans for Medical Progress for five years.