Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education (ICARE) Project

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The ICARE Project is a U.S. interagency initiative of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 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.

The aim of the ICARE Project 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. To accomplish this goal, 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.

Participants for all ICARE offerings are subject to the OLAW Code of Conduct.

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OLAW Conversations (Virtual)

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. 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. Registration is free. Please note that OLAW is unable to offer RACE or CPIA credit for these sessions at this time.

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.

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ICARE Academies (In-Person)

ICARE Academies (IA) offer participants an understanding of research animal welfare and IACUC oversight issues through active learning and scientific teaching. 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. 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. Please note that OLAW is unable to offer RACE or CPIA credit for programs at this time.

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.

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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. This course 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. This course 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.

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 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.

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