IACUC Administrators Best Practices Meeting - San Antonio, TX

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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:  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: To be announced

San Antonia, TX Meeting Logistics:

The 2017 IACUC Administrators Best Practice Meeting, San Antonio, Texas


            When:                         November 1-2, 2017

            Where:                        The University of Texas at San Antonio

                                                 Faculty Center Assembly Room

                                                  JPL Building, 4th Floor, Room 4.04.16

           Meeting Support:        University of Texas at San Antonio, The IACUC Administrators’

                                               Association, and OLAW           


A limited number of rooms at the conference rates listed below have been reserved to accommodate you attendance at the Best Practices Meeting.  Reservations must be made following the links below to secure the conference rate.  To secure the conference room rate reservations must be made by October 6, 2017

Courtyard San Antonio Six Flags® at The RIM for 118.00 USD per night

5731 Rim Pass Drive

San Antonio, TX  78257

Link:  Book your group rate for IACUC/IBC UTSA Conference

NOTE:  If you plan to attend the one day IBC Best Practice Meeting you must pay a separate fee and register through the following website: Biosafety Best Practices Meeting

Residence Inn San Antonio Six Flags® at The RIM for 128.00 USD per night

            5707 Rim Pass Drive

            San Antonio, TX  78257

            Link:  Book your group rate for IACUC/IBC UTSA Conference

Please Note:

  • You must make your hotel reservation or contact me by October 6, 2017 to secure the conference rate and your spot at the Best Practice Meeting!

Attendance Fees:

  • IACUC Administrators Association (IAA) members:  $60.
  • Non-members:  $175

*Save on registration fees by securing a membership in the IAA (http://iacucaa.org/)!

* $100 is the membership fee for the IAA; we encourage you to complete the membership application and sign-up to attend our meeting as an IAA Associate Member.


Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to participate in the program and related activities. If you anticipate needing special accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Bill Greer by email (wggreer@umich.edu) at least two weeks prior to the conference.

The meeting facilitator reserves the right to cancel all programs. The IAA will not be responsible for any losses incurred by registrants including, but not limited to, airline cancellation charges or hotel deposits. The program agenda is subject to change without notice.

Participation of women, racial/ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities, and other individuals, who have been traditionally underrepresented in science, is encouraged.

For questions related to program contentsContact Bill Greer at wggreer@umich.edu

November 1st, 2017 7:30 AM   through   November 2nd, 2017 3:30 PM
San Antonio, TX
United States
* IACUC Administrators Association NON-Members ($60 toward food and services) $ 175.00
IACUC Administrators Association Associates ($60 toward food and services) $ 60.00