San Diego, CA Best Practice Meeting

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IACUC Administrators Best Practice Meeting An IACUC Administrators Best Practice Meeting will be held at the San Diego Zoo on May 30 and 31st, 2018. Attendance is limited to approximately 50 individuals, so follow the link above to secure your spot. See agenda details below. The IACUC Administrators Association (IAA) is a strong advocate for the animal care and use administrative community. The IAA was established in 2006 to facilitate the sustainable development of IACUC administrative professionals, and the ongoing advancement of institutions’ animal care and use programs (ACUP). The IAA provides administrators professional development opportunities primarily through IACUC Administrators’ Best Practice (BP) Meetings. BP meetings are facilitated by co-moderators with colleagues from OLAW, the USDA and AAALAC International present to participate in open discussions. BP meeting discussions, investigate and evaluate the specific mechanics of various ACUP processes. Below are specific topics that were discussed at past meetings. 1. Have you ever considered establishing MOUs using subcontracts that are executed through your grants management team? 2. Does your PAM program reduce regulatory burden for PIs, the IACUC and Administrators? 3. Do you effectively use the VVC process, or does it simply mimic the DMR process? 4. How do you conduct your program reviews and facility inspections? 5. When defining IACUC membership; what is implied through the statement that “no more than three members can be from the same administrative unit”?


Proposed Meeting Agenda*

Wednesday, May 30, 2018   

  • IACUCs (defining membership, the use of alternates, and recruiting)
  • IACUC Jurisdiction – What is the IACUC Expected to Oversee at Zoos and Otherwise?
  • Successfully Using the Veterinarian Verification Consultation (VVC) process
  • Networking Lunch
  • Veterinary and Husbandry (curators) Involvement on Zoo Research Projects
  • Tour and Discussion of the Veterinary Hospital and Related Facilities
  • Tour and Discussion of the Elephant Care Center and Exhibit and Related Research

Thursday, May 31, 2018

  • Proponents of and Public Awareness - Animal Research (Lecture and Discussion)
  • Handling Modifications:  IACUC Review, VVC or an Administrative Correction?
  • Emergency Disaster Plans
  • Categorizing procedures into USDA Pain Categories
  • Quality Assurance Beyond Post-Approval Monitoring (PAM)
  • MOU’s and Inter-Institutional Assurances

*   Registrants have an opportunity to request specific meeting topics.  Consequently the meeting agenda may be enhanced based on registrants’ requests.


  • Bill Greer, Assistant Vice President for Research
  • Ron E. Banks, Director, Division of Comparative Medicine

Guest Facilitators:

  • Kathryn Bayne, Chief Executive Officer for AAALAC International
  • Susan Silk, Director of Policy and Education
  • Kathy Garland, Supervisor Animal Care Specialist (USDA), and Katie Frank, VMO (USDA)

San Diego, CA Meeting Logistics:

           When:   May 30 – 31, 2018

           Where:   The San Diego Zoo, 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101


A limited number of rooms at the conference rates listed below have been reserved to accommodate you attendance at the Best Practices Meeting.  To secure the conference room rate ($79) reservations must be made by May 1, 2018

     Days Inn San Diego Hotel Circle Near SeaWorld

     543 Hotel Circle South

     San Diego, CA 92108

     Phone:  619-297-8800

     Fax:  619-298-6029


Attendance Fees:

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

*Save on registration fees by securing a membership in the IAA (!

* $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 ( 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

May 30th, 2018 7:30 AM   through   May 31st, 2018 2:30 PM
The San Diego Zoo, 2920 Zoo Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
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