Our aim is to empower U.S. Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUC) 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.
The ICARE (Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education) Project invites you to join us in ICARE Dialogues: Optimizing Animal Care and Use Program Success in a Changing Environment (ICARE Dialogues).
ICARE Dialogues is offered at no charge. Each session addresses specific topics, as described below. Although free, attendance is required of registered participants (see the registration page for details). The program format is a dialogue between and among participants and ICARE faculty, including federal partners. The program will provide institutional animal care and use program personnel the opportunity to discuss the topics below.
Registration: IACUC members and institutional personnel involved in animal care and use programs (veterinarians, compliance, PAM, trainers, investigators, administrators) may register to participate in ICARE Dialogues. Registration is free and limited to 50 participants per session. If more than 50 people register, ICARE will maintain a waitlist.
The animal care and use community is encouraged to submit questions, challenges, solutions, and ideas to ICARE.SERO@gmail.com to influence the topics addressed in ICARE Dialogues.
Upcoming ICARE Dialogues Sessions
|Date and Time||ICARE Dialogues Topic|
May 12, 2021
|Virtual AAALAC Site Visits and USDA Inspections|
May 26, 2021
|Leading and Contributing to High Performing Teams|
June 23, 2021
|IACUC Responsibilities for Wildlife Research|
June 30, 2021
|COVID-related Issues of IACUCs and ACUPs of HBCUs, Underserved Areas, and Small Organizations|
July 21, 2021
Resources from Previous ICARE Dialogues
|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
In-person ICARE Academies Schedule
All ICARE face-to-face workshops have been cancelled for the duration of 2020. The ICARE Project anticipates rescheduling the ICARE Academies and the ICARE Train the Trainer Institute after the pandemic has been resolved—we hope in 2021.
ICARE Academies (IA) offer participants an understanding of research animal welfare and IACUC oversight issues through active learning and scientific teaching.
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 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.
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.
Advanced Train the Trainer Institutes
Advanced Train the Trainer Institutes (ATTI) offer advance 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.
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.
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.
|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
Ivonne Chand O'Neal, PhD, MUSE Research, LLC
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
Mary Lou James, BS, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (not pictured)
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
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