IACUC Administrators Best Practice Meeting - State College, PA

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IACUC Administrators Best Practice Meeting

What is an IACUC Administrators Best Practice Meeting?

The Best Practice Meeting has become an annual tradition (since 2005) for many Administrators.  It gives every attendee the opportunity to discuss their own programmatic challenges with their peers.  The primary goals of the meeting are to foster networking, the sharing of resources, and peer-to-peer counseling.  Meeting participants are encouraged to participate in open dialogue, and given the opportunity to provide opinions and ask specific questions.  The meeting does not focus specifically on policies and standards governing animal care and use activities, but rather proven methods used to satisfy them.

What is the Best Practice Meeting format?

The meetings are facilitated by co-moderators with colleagues from OLAW, the USDA and AAALAC International present to participate in open discussions.  Attendance is limited to approximately 50 individuals with roundtable seating arrangements.  This structure has been proven over the years to facilitate attendee conversation and participation.   

The meeting is typically held over a two-day period with each discussion session being approximately an hour.  Networking luncheons are held on both days.  The information sessions are initiated by an attendee’s 10-minute presentation.  Immediately following the presentation, attendees, regulators, and AAALAC representatives engage in open discussions. 


Ron E. Banks, DVM:  Receiving his veterinary degree from Auburn University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Banks retired a Colonel from the United States Army Veterinary Corps.  After postings as the Director, Center for Comparative Medicine, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, Colorado; and Director, Office of Animal Welfare Assurance at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina; he currently serves as the Director, Division of Comparative Medicine, The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Along his professional journey he has contributed as Council Member on AAALAC’s Council on Accreditation; Chairman of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee; Board Member for the IACUC Administrator’s Association; and Fellow of the National Academies of Practice.  Dr. Banks is board certified with the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine; the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine; and he is a Charter Diplomate of the American College of Animal Welfare.

Bill Greer, BS:  received his Bachelor’s in Microbiology from Penn State University in 1985.  He currently serves as the Assistant Vice President for Research at the University of Michigan.  His previous roles included Associate Director for Research Compliance at the Pennsylvania State University, and research technician, production manager and Safety Officer at Intervet, State College, PA (Formally Tri Bio Laboratories).  In 2005, he organized and held the first IACUC Administrators’ Best Practices Meeting, which establish a venue for administrators to informally meet to discuss programmatic concerns.  He continues to facilitate at least three annual Best Practice meetings.  In 2007, he initiated the process of establishing the IACUC Administrators Association (IAA); a professional organization of IACUC Administrators.  In 2010, he chaired the founding committee for the non-profit education based IAA organization.  He now serves as the president and chairman of the IAA board of directors.  Since 2007, Bill has served as ad hoc consultant to AAALAC Council where he performs institutional program reviews, assessments, and status determinations.  He served as a member of the Council of Certified Professional IACUC Administrators (CCPIA).  He continues to serve as an educator for the IACUC Administrative community and has lectured at multiple venues including PRIM&R, AALAS, CIC, C3, and Administrators Best Practice Meetings.

Guest Facilitators (AAALAC, OLAW and the USDA): To be announced

State College, PA Meeting Logistics:

The 2017 IACUC Administrators Best Practice Meeting, State College, PA

            When:                         November 29 - 30, 2017

            Where:                        The Atherton Hotel, State College, PA

            Meeting Support:        The IACUC Administrators’ Association, and OLAW    


The Atherton Hotel

125 South Atherton Street

State College, PA 16801

Phone: 800-832-0132 or (814) 231-2100

Fax: (814) 237-1130

A limited number of rooms at a conference rate of $95 per night have been reserved for you at the Atherton Hotel.  Reservations must be made by directly contacting the Atherton Hotel at 1-800-832-0132 to secure the conference rate.  To secure the conference room rate reservations must be made by October 28, 2017.  Garage self-parking is available for $7 per day.

Please Note:

  • You must make your hotel reservation or contact me by October 28, 2017 to secure the conference rate and your spot at the Best Practice Meeting!
  • The $95 rate is based on single occupancy.  There is a fee of $10.00 for each additional person occupying the room, and if a rollaway bed is required an additional $25 fee will apply.

The occupancy tax for State College is currently 8.5%.  Only Federal Government travelers are exempt with occupancy tax exemption form, provided the Federal Government is rendering the payment

November 29th, 2017 7:30 AM   through   November 30th, 2017 3:30 PM
The Atherton Hotel
125 South Atherton Street
State College, PA 16801
United States
Phone: 800-832-0132
Phone: (814) 231-2100
* IACUC Administrators Association NON-Members ($60 toward food and services) $ 175.00
IACUC Administrators Association Associates ($60 toward food and services) $ 60.00