2012 Webinar: Using Policies and Guidelines to Manage Your Animal Care and Use Program

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The goal of this webinar was to focus on using guidances and policies to improve the function of your animal care and use program.

The following topics were addressed:

  • Distinguishing between guidances and policies
  • Understanding which guidances and policies your animal care and use program should have in place
  • Using guidances and policies to:
    • Conduct institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC) review
    • Perform program evaluations and facility inspections
    • Interact with regulatory and accreditation agencies
    • Write assurances
    • Educate animal care and use staff


Deb Frolicher, BS, CPIA
Deb Frolicher is the institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC) director at the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, CA. Prior to getting involved in the work of IACUCs, Deb worked in biomedical research as a laboratory technician, and subsequently as a research associate and lab manager; she also worked as an instructor for circulation technology and anesthesiology student laboratories. Deb has worked with various animal models and a variety of species, including snakes, lizards, rodents, ducks, dogs, pigs, goats, cattle, and a colony of diabetic monkeys. When Deb transitioned to an IACUC administrative role, she found that her experience in the laboratory enabled her to effectively work with investigators and research staff to integrate IACUC review and oversight into their research program. Deb has presented at the PRIM&R annual IACUC Conference, served as a mentor through PRIM&R, and remained a PRIM&R member for many years. She earned her Certified Professional IACUC Administrator (CPIA®) credential in 2008 and is currently a CPIA Council member.  She is also a member of SCAW.

Natalie Mays, BA, LATG, CPIA
Natalie Mays is the director of the office of the IACUC and IBC at New York University Langone Medical Center (NYULMC). Prior to joining the team at NYULMC, Natalie was the IACUC Director at Columbia University and Columbia University Medical Center. There she was responsible for the administrative management of the IACUC for a large animal care and use program. She has been involved with the work of IACUCs since 1988, and has served on various IACUCs as the regulatory compliance and training coordinator in northeast Ohio. Natalie is actively involved in PRIM&R as a member of PRIM&R’s Diversity Task Force.  She has been active in American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) at the local and national levels serving on various committees.