OLAW Online Seminars

OLAW Online Seminars program is a free webinar series to help Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs) and Institutional Officials (IOs) explore their responsibilities in the oversight of PHS-funded research that involves the use of live vertebrate animals.

Who may attend?
The series is tailored to IACUC staff, IACUC members, IOs, veterinarians, compliance personnel, animal care staff and others involved in animal programs. Although real-time participation is limited to personnel at PHS-Assured institutions, the public is invited to view the recorded versions posted under Archive of Seminar Recordings.

What is the webinar format? 
Webinars will include a 20 minute presentation followed by 30 minutes for questions and answers. Participants are encouraged to submit questions and suggestions for future topics by e-mail to OLAW at olawdpe@mail.nih.gov.

When will the webinars be held? 
Webinars will be held quarterly on Thursdays starting at 1PM Eastern time (12 Noon Central, 11AM Mountain, 10AM Pacific). See the schedule below.

How can I participate in the webinar series?

Step 1: Enroll in the program
A one-time enrollment is required to participate in the program.

  • IOs - To enroll, go to Enrollment Submission.
  • IACUCs - Participation is limited to one connection per PHS-Assured institution. We suggest enrolling a representative to arrange viewing of the webinar for a group at your institution. To enroll, please submit the name of one individual to serve as the contact for your group at Enrollment Submission.

Step 2: Register for the webinar
Prior to each webinar, enrollees will receive an e-mail invitation to register. Simply go to the link provided in the invitation and submit to register. After you have registered, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing your unique URL for joining the webinar and have the option to add the event to your Outlook calendar.

Are the webinars recorded?
Yes, recordings with captions, transcripts and slides are posted at: Archive of Seminar Recordings.

Who is responsible for the program? 
The program is being conducted by the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW). OLAW provides guidance and interpretation of the Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Policy), supports educational programs, and monitors compliance with the Policy by Assured institutions and PHS funding components to ensure the humane care and use of animals in PHS-supported research, testing, and training, thereby contributing to the quality of PHS-supported activities.

OLAW Online Seminars Schedule




March 21, 2019 Superstar Rats Teach Empathy to Researchers Catherine Schuppli, MSc, PhD, DVM, University of British Columbia
June 13, 2019 The 4th R - Rehoming, Retirement and Release Lara Helwig, DVM, Brown University
September 26, 2019 TBD TBD
December 5, 2019 TBD TBD
March 12, 2020 TBD TBD

Archive of Seminar Recordings


This program is being conducted 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.

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