Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education (ICARE) Project

Row 1 (L to R): M. Hollander, T. Jackson, B. Goldentyer, EB Meek, T. Thompson, E. Prentice, S. Silk, S. Mohan, E. Morgan, W. Singleton, N. Connell, L. Hampton, J. Perkins. Row 2 (L to R): C. Dirks, C. Newcomer, G. Babcock, W. Barbee, L. Anderson, P. Brown, C. McKinnie, M. Thrasher. Absent from photo: D. Jarrell, B. Greer.  

Our aim is to empower IACUCs and their institutions to increase compliance with federal standards while minimizing regulatory burden. The ICARE Project uses active learning pedagogy which has been shown to increase effectiveness of adult education in factual and theoretical understanding of scientific and ethical issues by engaging the learner in activities that require the application of high-level concepts.


The Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education (ICARE) Project is an interagency initiative of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Science Foundation (NSF), and Veterans Administration (VA). This group of federal agencies is involved in the welfare of animals used in research, teaching, and testing in the US. Although federal animal care and use standards vary, all endorse local oversight for the humane care and use of animals by an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUC).

ICARE Academies

ICARE Academies use active learning pedagogy to train IACUC members and institutional and animal program personnel to meet their responsibilities for animal welfare oversight. The ICARE Academies will empower the learner to assume accountability for facts and conceptual understanding of federal standards through the study of realistic problems encountered in animal care and use programs.
  • Participation is open to those involved in animal care and use programs, including IACUC members and staff, Institutional Officials, veterinarians, animal facilities personnel, administrators, consultants, and compliance and regulatory personnel.
  • Attendees will work in both large interactive sessions and small facilitated breakout groups. In all of the sessions, attendees will engage in learning activities such as interactive presentations, group work, and discussions.

Train the Trainer Institutes

Train the Trainer Institutes teach institutional training personnel to use active learning in their training programs. Participants will engage in active learning applied to IACUC subject matter content and modules that address the scientific basis of active learning pedagogy.
  • Participation is open to institutional animal care and use trainers and IACUC trainers. At least 2 trainers from an institution are encouraged to attend a Train the Trainers Institute to facilitate implementation of active learning training at the institution.
  • Attendees will work in facilitated breakout groups and engage in learning activities aimed at using backward design to develop teaching modules.

Training Modules
Training modules developed by the participants of the Train the Trainer Institutes are tools that you can use to implement active learning training for IACUCs at your institution. Additional modules and supplemental materials will be added as they become available. See the ICARE Training Modules.

Reference Materials

Schedule [Stay tuned for the 2018 schedule!]

Training Date Location Venue Registration Link
ICARE Academy 02/27/17 – 02/28/17 Dallas-Fort Worth, TX DoubleTree Arlington IA 2017.1 [Past event]
Train the Trainer Institute 05/01/17 – 05/04/17 Seattle, WA Cedarbrook Lodge TTI 2017.1 [Past event]
ICARE Academy 07/25/17 - 07/26/17 Philadelphia, PA Wyndham Historic District IA 2017.2 [Past event]
ICARE Academy 08/28/17 - 08/29/17 Richmond, VA Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center IA 2017.3 [Past event]

Meet the Faculty

Lynn Anderson, DVM, DACLAM, Covance
George Babcock, PhD, University of Cincinnati
Wayne Barbee, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University
Patricia Brown, VMD, MS, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, NIH
Nancy Connell, PhD, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Clarissa Dirks, PhD, Evergreen State College
Betty Goldentyer, DVM, Animal Care, APHIS, USDA
Bill Greer, University of Michigan
Lori Hampton, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, NIH
Mindy Hollander, MS, CPIA, West Virginia University
Tanise Jackson, DVM, DACLAM, CPIA, Florida A&M University
Donna Jarrell, DVM, DACLAM, Massachusetts General Hospital
Carolyn McKinnie, DVM, Animal Care, APHIS, USDA
Elizabeth Meek, DVM, Animal Care, APHIS, USDA
Swapna Mohan, DVM, PhD, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, NIH
Eileen Morgan, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, NIH
Christian Newcomer, VMD, MS, DACLAM, Self-employed
Jennifer Perkins, MA, CPIA, University of California Los Angeles
Ernest Prentice, PhD, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Susan Silk, MS, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, NIH
William Singleton, DVM, ACLAM, Animal Care Training Services
Tracy Thompson, DVM, National Park Service
Marley Thrasher, North Carolina State University