Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education (ICARE) Project



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Our aim is to empower U.S. Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs) and their institutions to improve animal welfare and increase compliance with federal standards while minimizing regulatory burden. 

The ICARE Project uses active learning pedagogy which has been shown to increase the effectiveness of adult education in the factual and theoretical understanding of scientific and ethical issues by engaging the learner in activities that require the application of high-level concepts.

History of U.S. Animal Welfare Oversight

Friday, September 24, 2021 | 2:00 - 5:00 PM ET

The ICARE Project presented an online panel discussion: History of US Animal Welfare Oversight. This free webinar was broadcast live via Zoom and subsequently will be available to the public.

Panelists shared their longstanding commitment to humane care and use of animals in the conduct of scientific research, including the development, harmonization, and implementation of the PHS Policy and Animal Welfare Act and Regulations, the origin of IACUCs, commitment to performance standards, minimization of administrative burden, and operation of quality animal care and use programs. Panelists included: 

  • Patricia A. Brown, VMD, MS, DACLAM, ICARE faculty, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, NIH
  • B. Taylor Bennett, DVM, PhD, DACLAM, DACAW, Management Consultant 
  • Jerry Collins, PhD, (Ret) Yale University School of Medicine
  • Ron Dehaven, DVM, MBA, Dehaven Veterinary Solutions, (Ret) USDA, AVMA
  • Betty Goldentyer, DVM, Deputy Administrator, USDA, APHIS, Animal Care
  • Nelson Garnett, DVM, DACLAM, (Ret) Office for Laboratory Animal Welfare, NIH
  • Charlie McCarthy, PhD (Ret) Office for Protection from Research Risks, NIH assisted by Amy (Kuei-Lan) Chuang, MS, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Carolyn McKinnie, DVM, ICARE Faculty, USDA, APHIS, Animal Care
  • John Miller, DVM, DACLAM, (Ret) Office of Protection from Research Risks, Animal Welfare Division, NIH; AAALAC
  • Prentice, Ernie, PhD, ICARE Faculty, (Ret) University of Nebraska
  • Susan Brust Silk, MS, ICARE Faculty, (Ret) Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, NIH 
  • Robert Whitney, DVM, MS, DACLAM, (Ret) RADM, USPHS (will participate in writing)

OLAW Conversations

Please join us for new sessions of our OLAW Conversations Series.

OLAW Conversations is a discussion-based offering from OLAW, that is part of the ICARE Project, where information is presented by subject matter experts, and attendees add to the conversation by sharing their ideas, perspectives, and questions. Experts will also weigh in on participant discussion to offer insights and ensure regulatory compliance, where applicable. These sessions will not be recorded, and therefore, participation will be limited to those who register for the live events and transcripts will not be available. Registration is free. 

Date and Time OLAW Conversations Topic
January 19, 2022, from 1:30 - 3:30 PM ET Top Noncompliances from an OLAW, USDA, and AAALAC Perspective: How to Learn from Noncompliances to Build a Better Animal Care and Use Program
February 2022 TBD
March 2022 TBD 



ICARE Dialogues

Each session of the ICARE Dialogues: Optimizing Animal Care and Use Program Success in a Changing Environment (ICARE Dialogues) series addresses specific topics. The program format is a dialogue between and among participants and ICARE faculty, including federal partners. The program provides institutional animal care and use program personnel the opportunity to discuss each topic. 

Registration: IACUC members and institutional personnel involved in animal care and use programs (veterinarians, compliance, PAM, trainers, investigators, administrators) may participate in ICARE Dialogues. Registration is free.

The animal care and use community is encouraged to submit questions, challenges, solutions, and ideas to to influence the topics addressed in ICARE Dialogues.

Date and Time ICARE Dialogues Topic

All ICARE face-to-face workshops have been canceled until after the pandemic has been resolved.

Topic Resources
Compassion Fatigue July 21, 2021 (Resources coming soon)
COVID-related Issues of IACUCs and ACUPs of HBCUs, Underserved Areas, and Small Organizations June 30, 2021 (Resources coming soon)
IACUC Responsibilities for Wildlife Research June 23, 2021 (Resources coming soon)
Leading and Contributing to High-Performance Teams

May 26, 2021 (Resources coming soon)

Virtual AAALAC Site Visits and USDA Inspections May 12, 2021 (Resources coming soon)
Using Flexibility Provided in the PHS Policy and AWAR
Optimizing Performance During a Pandemic Crisis: Animal Welfare
Impact of Diversity, Inclusivity, and Race Relations on Animal Care and Use Programs and Personnel
Integrating COVID-19 Restrictions into Existing Policies and Programs
Optimizing Performance During a Pandemic Crisis: Managing Teams Across Multiple Locations
Contingency/Disaster Planning: Incorporating Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic


ICARE Academies

ICARE Academies (IA) offer participants an understanding of research animal welfare and IACUC oversight issues through active learning and scientific teaching.

  • 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.

IA Intro (Introduction to IACUC Function)

IA Intro is a comprehensive 2-day workshop that introduces participants to the regulations and guidelines of the U.S. federal agencies that oversee animal welfare at research institutions.

  • IA Intro is appropriate for those IACUC and animal program personnel who are new to the program, newly promoted, or those who seek a review of federal standards.

IA Refining (Refining IACUC Function)

IA Refining is a fast-paced 3-day workshop that provides participants with an understanding of animal welfare oversight concepts, enables them to correct misunderstandings of federal standards, and learn methods for more efficient and effective animal program and IACUC functioning.

  • IA Refining is recommended for those IACUC and animal program personnel who are familiar with federal animal welfare oversight standards.

Train the Trainer Institutes

Train the Trainer Institutes (TTI) 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.

Advanced Train the Trainer Institutes

Advanced Train the Trainer Institutes (ATTI) offer advanced training in the use of active learning, backward design, and scientific teaching applied to IACUC training. The ATTI is offered to individuals that have completed basic training at a TTI.

  • The ATTI workshop is not currently being offered in 2020.

All ICARE in-person workshops have been canceled after the pandemic has been resolved.

Training Date Location Venue Registration Link

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. 

Reference Materials



The Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education (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.
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The ICARE Project is an interagency initiative of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA). 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 IACUC.




Meet the Faculty

ICARE Faculty. Row 1 (L to R): J. Na, E. Morgan, M. Hollander, S. Butler, N. Gopee. Row 2 (L to R): J. Klahn, B. Ford, W. Singleton, M. Thrasher, E. Theodorson. Row 3 (L to R): T. Jackson, I. Chand O’Neal, T. Thompson, S. Silk. Row 4 (L to R): L. Anderson, C. McKinnie, D. Jarrell, E. Prentice, W. Barbee. Row 5 (L to R): C. Yager, G. Babcock, M. Matthews, B. Stokes, P. Brown.

Lynn Anderson, DVM, DACLAM, Covance
George Babcock, PhD, University of Cincinnati
Wayne Barbee, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University
Patricia Brown, VMD, MS, DACLAM, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, NIH
Steven Butler, BA, University of Florida
Beth Ford, DVM, DACLAM, Scripps Research Institute
Neera Gopee, DVM, PhD, DABT, DACLAM, 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
Jennifer Klahn, MA, CPIA, University of California, Los Angeles
Monte Matthews, BS, University of Oregon
Carolyn McKinnie, DVM, Animal Care, APHIS, USDA
Eileen Morgan, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, NIH
Jane Na, DVM, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, NIH
Nicolette Petervary, VMD, MS, DACLAM, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, NIH
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
William Stokes, DVM, DACLAM, Animal Care, APHIS, USDA
Elizabeth Theodorson, DVM, Animal Care, APHIS, USDA
Tracy Thompson, DVM, National Park Service
Marley Thrasher, MEd, Duke University
Cody Yager, DVM, Animal Care, APHIS, USDA
Kate Ziegerer, DVM, Veterans Health Administration, VA

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