2011 Webinar: Practical Strategies for the Common Challenges

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PRIM&R was pleased to offer a webinar titled Practical Strategies for Common Challenges: What Your IACUC Needs to Know, on Thursday, February 3, that brought together a representative from the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International and a director of animal resources from a nonprofit research organization to address some of the current issues facing institutional care and use committee (IACUC) professionals.

  • Trend data.An overview and analysis of trend data compiled by AAALAC International after conducting over 1500 site visits. The speakers identified deficiencies related to protocol review and program oversight, semiannual inspection/review issues, and problems related to IACUC policies (or lack thereof) and then continued the discussion with concrete examples, tips for avoiding pitfalls, and strategies for resolving common challenges.
  • The “New” Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. John Bradfield discussed some of the significant updates in the “new” 2010 Guide, including those that are most relevant to the functioning of IACUCs.
  • Leadership, culture, and continual assessment. Beth Ford summarized important qualities for a successful IACUC program. Her review of guiding principles, the impact of leadership on institutional culture, and the need for ongoing reassessment of the difference between training and compliance issues, was the conclusion for this webinar.


John Bradfield DVM, PhD 
John Bradfield, senior director at Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC International), is a veterinarian with a PhD in experimental pathology. He has served as director of the division of laboratory animal medicine and attending veterinarian at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and also as the chair at the department of comparative medicine at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, in Greenville, North Carolina. He has had many years directing animal programs including experience on animal care and use committees. Dr. Bradfield has scholarly publications in various areas of laboratory animal medicine, wound healing, vascular biology and platelet biology. He has given national and international presentations on topics in platelet function, laboratory animal medicine and the AAALAC accreditation process. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. Dr. Bradfield has ten years service as Council member of AAALAC International and Council President for two years.

Beth Ford received her DVM in 1982 and completed a residency in Primate Medicine at the California National Primate Research Center in Davis, California in 1984. She completed a Masters in Preventive Veterinary Medicine at U.C. Davis in 1986. In 1987, Dr. Ford became Director of Animal Resources at the Scripps Research Institute. Over the past 24 years at Scripps, she has helped develop programs in rodent management, training, animal biocontainment and general safety, cost accounting and administration and a number of other areas that are required in the oversight and management of a complex program of animal care and use. Dr. Ford serves on a number of national panels and reviews particularly for nonhuman primate initiatives. She enjoys working with animal care and research staff in a research environment as it is challenging and stimulating. 


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.