Announcing ICARE Project: A New Federal Interagency Initiative for Educating IACUCs

Monday, December 19, 2016
The Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education (ICARE) Project is a new federal initiative 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.
 
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.
 
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. Working in facilitated breakout groups, participants will develop an active learning module that can be used at their home institution.

Stay tuned for more information about the program, schedule, and registration.
 
The ICARE Project is supported by the National Institutes of Health Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (NIH OLAW), the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).