A walk on the wild side: a conference on IACUC oversight of wildlife research

IACUC 101 Training


Workshop on Animal Welfare Act compliance for studies of
wildlife in the field and in captivity

26 – 28 October 2011
Albuquerque, New Mexico

American Society of Mammalogists
American Society of Mammalogists
Ornithological Council
Ornithological Council

National Science Foundation
National Science Foundation
National Institutes of Health Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare
National Institutes of Health Office
of Laboratory Animal Welfare
USDA Forest Service
USDA Forest Service Research and Development
NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
Office of Protected Resources

New Mexico Consortium

Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International

This conference is intended to foster a robust conversation among researchers, IACUC members, and government officials that will lead to more meaningful and appropriate application of animal welfare laws in the context of wildlife research and, in turn, to improved care and use of wild animals in wildlife research.

Spaces are going fast! As of 15 July 2011, half the spaces are already taken. If all spaces are filled, the registration website will allow you to register for the waiting list and we will make every effort to accommodate those on the waiting list.

IACUC 101 

IACUC 101™: "The Basics" is a full day didactic and interactive educational opportunity for both new and seasoned IACUC members, IACUC affiliates and others who contribute to their institution's animal care and use program. Didactic sessions address institutional responsibilities; IACUC charges; relevant informational resources; animal welfare laws, regulations and policies; and best standards. Students are also challenged to consider, deliberate, and develop action plans for a variety of potential IACUC scenarios.
IACUC 101 meets the requirements for 6.5 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. IACUC 101™ Series, St. Louis, MO: RACE Provider #556; Program No. 556-7010; Subject Matter Category: Legal; Delivery: Seminar/Lecture.

Participation of women, racial/ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities, and other individuals, who have been traditionally underrepresented in science, is encouraged.
Funding for this conference was made possible in part by the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, NIH. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and 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.

Core Faculty

IACUC 101 “CORE” (non-federal) FACULTY: Lynn C. Anderson, DVM, DACLAM, Merck; Joseph T. Bielitzki, MS, DVM, University of Central Florida; Marilyn J. Brown, DVM, MS, DACLAM, Charles River Laboratories; Jerry Collins, PhD, Yale University; Cynthia S. Gillett, DVM, DACLAM, CPIA, University of Minnesota; Molly Greene, BA, CPIA, Michigan State University; Mary Lou James, BA, LATg, Regulatory Compliance Research Animal Welfare; Monte Matthews, BA, CPIA, University of Oregon; Marky E. Pitts, CPIA, IACUC Advisor; Ernest D. Prentice, PhD, University of Nebraska Medical Center. Representatives from NIH OLAW, USDA Animal Care and AAALAC International.



IACUC 101 – The Basics

Wednesday 26 October 2011
7:30 – 8:15            Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:15 – 8:30            Introduction
8:30 – 9:15            Historical Perspectives
9:15 – 9:55            Key Components
9:55 – 10:10          Break
10:10 – 10:50        IACUC Functions
10:50 – 11:30        Personnel Qualifications & Training
11:30 – 12:30        Lunch
12:30 – 12:45        Written Q & As – AAALAC, OLAW, USDA
12:45 – 1:40          Program Evaluations and Inspections
1:40 – 2:35            Protocol Review
2:35 – 2:50            Break
2:50 – 3:40            Scenario Shorts - IACUC Deliberations - Students, Faculty, Mentors
3:40 – 4:30            Scenario Responses – AAALAC, OLAW, USDA
4:30 – 5:00            Final Q & As, Evaluation Forms and Attendance Certificates


Thursday 27 October 2011
TIME: 8:15 – 9:30
1.     Fundamental difference between biomedical research and wildlife research
2.     Diversity in use of wild animals in research
3.     Application of regulations written for biomedical applications and
domesticated animals to field studies and wild animals
4.     Overview of available resources
5.     What is a field study
TIME: 9:30 – 10:30
1.     Permit regulations and requirements (overview, significance thereof for IACUCs)
2.     Tribal lands
3.     Population-level impact
BREAK 10:30-11:00
TIME: 11:00 – 12:30
Field procedures, Part 1 (capture, marking, bleeding, etc.)
LUNCH 12:30 TO 1:30
1:30 – 2:30
Field procedures, Part 2
TIME: 2:30 TO 3:30
Euthanasia in the field
P.M. BREAK 3:30 – 4:00
TIME 4:00 TO 5:45
Captive wildlife
1.     Compliance issues (quarantine, security, safety)
2.     Husbandry and enrichment requirements for wild species
3.     Veterinary care of wild animals in captivity
4.     Release of captive animals back to the field
FRIDAY 28 October 2011
Time 8:15 to 9:30
Role of IACUC in the context of wildlife research
1. How to review wildlife proposals
2. Training requirements (of IACUC members, of researchers)
3. Dispute resolution
TIME 9:30 TO 10:45
1. Zoonoses, personal protective equipment and other preventive measures
2. Physical injury and other hazards associated with field biology
3. What is role of IACUC in occupational safety issues
A.M. BREAK 10:45 TO 11:15
TIME: 11:15 TO 12:00
Classification of field techniques under USDA categories of pain and distress
TIME 12:00 TO 12:30
Introduction to IACUC scenarios and assembly of mock IACUCs
LUNCH 12:30 TO 1:30
1:30 TO 5:30
Group discussion 1:30 – 2:20
Topic 1 - 2:20 – 3:00 -
Management v. research
Break 3:00 – 3:20
Topic 2 – 3:20 – 4:00 -
Euthanasia protocols for emergency use; what if species is protected species but not in permit?  What if it is an incidental capture of a protected species?
Topic 3 – 4:00 – 4:40 -
Serendipitous research – things that come up in the field that you hadn’t anticipated, such as accidental capture of a rarity. Can you capture and mark? photograph and release? Can you publish?
Topic 4 – 4:40 – 5:20 -
How does your research impact other critters in the study area?
Topic 5 – 5:20 – 6:00 -
What if the research project was for some reason not approved at or if the research was not conducted in accordance with the protocol. Apart from institutional reporting requirements, what are the ramifications?

This conference will bring representatives from institutions that conduct field research together with the agencies that fund, regulate, or conduct such research, and provide a unique opportunity for productive interaction and discussion of respective jurisdictions, regulations, and best practices.  Recommended for institutions wishing to more effectively facilitate and appropriately oversee wildlife research.  The workshop will provide a forum for open discussion and exploration of common issues and best practices. Federal U.S. agencies, such as the National Marine Fisheries Service, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the USDA Forest Service, the National Science Foundation, and the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare will be represented. Also invited: U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, AAALAC International, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Association of Wildlife Veterinarians, and the Institute of Laboratory Animal Research of the National Research Council (National Academies of Science).

The full program agenda will be posted on or about June 1.

Ellen Paul (ellen.paul [ at sign ] verizon.net)
Robert Sikes (rssikes [ at sign ] ualr.edu)

The meeting will be held in “uptown” Albuquerque. The Uptown Business District hosts dozens of restaurants, shops, and other attractions within easy walking distance of the hotel.

The Marriott Albuquerque
Room rate: $109 (includes internet) single, double or triple plus 13% local and state tax. Federal per diem rate will be honored. For those who wish to arrive early or depart late, the rate is available 3 days prior to the meeting and 3 days after the meeting.

Book directly: (800) 228-9290; ask for Marriott Albuquerque. The meeting is listed as “ASM-OC.” We have a block of 150 rooms on hold until September 24. The rate is not guaranteed for rooms reserved after that date.

Ground transportation:
The hotel is approximately 10 miles from the Albuquerque airport. Best options are the Sunport Shuttle or a taxi.


IACUC 101 only, early registration (by July 1)
IACUC 101 only, regular registration (by September 1)
IACUC 101 only, late registration (September 2 or later)

Two day wildlife conference, early registration (by July 1)
Two day wildlife conference, regular registration (by September 1)
Two day wildlife conference, late registration (September 2 or later ) $250

Three-day conference (IACUC101 plus wildlife), early registration (by July 1)
Three-day conference (IACUC101 plus wildlife), regular registration (by September 1)
Three-day conference (IACUC101 plus wildlife), late registration (September 2 or later) $400

Registration fees include breakfast and lunch and two coffee breaks per day, as well as all conference materials.

Note to students: At the present time, we do not have funding for students but anticipate that funding may become available. If you are interested in attending, please contact Ellen Paul (ellen.paul [at sign] verizon.net). Priority will be given to graduate students who are actually participating in hands-on wildlife research.