Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare - IACUC 101 Series

National Animal Welfare Education Program

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The IACUC 101 Series is an educational program designed to provide IACUC (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee) members, administrators, veterinarians, animal care staff, researchers, regulatory personnel, and compliance officers information about the role and responsibilities of the IACUC, including an understanding of federal policies and regulations governing laboratory animal welfare. The faculty consists of nationally recognized experts and representatives from private and academic biomedical research institutions, OLAW, USDA, and AAALAC International.

IACUC 101: The Basics is a one-day didactic and interactive exploration of IACUC fundamentals appropriate for new and seasoned IACUC members, IACUC affiliates, and individuals responsible for their institution's animal care program. The course provides a basic yet comprehensive overview of the laws, regulations, and policies that govern the humane care and use of research animals. Participants have the opportunity to practice what they have learned when they are challenged to consider, deliberate, and develop action plans for a variety of potential IACUC scenarios.

IACUC 201: Beyond The Basics is a highly interactive advanced program that builds on the basics and provides multiple opportunities to engage in real life applications of the basic concepts with the goals of learning new approaches and gaining new perspectives for managing issues that many animal care and use programs face. The course includes several active learning sessions as well as question and answer sessions with representatives of OLAW, USDA, and AAALAC.

IACUC 301 Scenarios is a full day of IACUC scenarios that address a mix of straight forward to complex situations interspersed with Q&A sessions. Topics will include IACUC membership, protocol review, semiannual review, pain and distress, and more.

Host Organization
Program and
Registration Link
06/13/18 - 06/14/18 Portland, OR Oregon Health & Science University, Oregon State University, University of Oregon, and VA Portland Health Care System IACUC 101/301 Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer
08/01/18 - 08/02/18 Portland, ME Bowdoin College IACUC 101/201 Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer
11/07/18 - 11/09/18 Delray Beach, FL Florida Atlantic University IACUC 101/201/301 Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

The IACUC 101 Series program is planned, coordinated, and administered by Mary Lou James, Regulatory Compliance Consultant, ph: 314-997-6896, e-mail:

Continuing Education:
IACUC 101 was reviewed and approved by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) RACE program for 6.5 hours of continuing education credits and IACUC 201 PLUS was reviewed and approved by the AAVSB RACE program for 6.0 hours of continuing education credits in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval. Please contact the AAVSB RACE program at should you have any comments/concerns regarding this program's validity or relevancy to the veterinary profession.

This program is supported, in part, by the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW), NIH. The views expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of HHS; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

Questions and comments can be e-mailed to OLAW:

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