IACUC Administrators BP Meeting - Knoxville, TN

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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 attendees 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 practices used to maintain an effective and compliant animal care and use program.

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, and they are seated in a large open circle.  This seating arrangement has been proven over the years to facilitate attendee conversation and participation. 

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


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 meet informally and 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), which is 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 chair of the IAA board of directors.  Since 2007, Bill has served as ad hoc specialist to AAALAC Council where he participates in institutional program reviews, assessments, and status determinations.  He served as a member of the Council of Certified Professional IACUC Administrators (CCPIA).  He continues to facilitate training activities at multiple venues including PRIM&R, AALAS, BTAA, C3, and both IACUC and IBC Administrators Best Practice Meetings.

Ron E. Banks, DVM:  received his veterinary degree from Auburn University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, and 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.

Guest Facilitators 


Gary Borkowski, DVM currently serves as AAALAC's Senior Director.  He leads and oversees AAALAC's education and outreach program in North America, including digital resources, educational activities and analysis of accreditation trends. He also partners with the Global Director in facilitating many aspects of the accreditation program.  Previously, he served as Senior Research Advisor for Lilly Research Laboratories in Indianapolis, Indiana.  In his new position He received his veterinary medical degree from Iowa State University, a master's degree in laboratory animal medicine from the Pennsylvania State University, and he is board certified in Laboratory Animal Medicine. He has 30 years of experience in academic and pharmaceutical laboratory animal medicine and science, and has worked at major international research institutions including Vanderbilt University, Pennsylvania State University, Upstate Medical Center, Monsanto, Pharmacia and Pfizer. Dr. Borkowski also worked at the Kennedy Space Center on four Space Shuttle Life Sciences missions for the commercial development of microgravity research. He previously served as the Program Chair for the National AALAS Annual Meeting, and is past-president of both ASLAP (American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners) and ACLAM (American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine).


Neera V. Gopee, D.V.M., Ph.D. is the Director, Division of Policy and Education in the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda Maryland.  Dr. Gopee earned her veterinary degree at the University of the West Indies and holds a doctoral degree in Toxicology from the University of Georgia.  Prior to her appointment at OLAW, she served as a Veterinary Medical Officer at the National Center for Toxicological Research, US Food and Drug Administration in Jefferson, AR.  Dr. Gopee is board certified in toxicology and laboratory animal medicine.


Mike Neafsey, D.V.M. is the Assistant Director of Animal Welfare Operations with USDA APHIS Animal Care. He received his DVM and MPH from Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Neafsey provides Animal Care-wide leadership, direction, coordination, operational support, and technical leadership with regard to the Animal Welfare Act inspections. He also participates with the senior leaders and other senior staff officials in the development and application of a broad range of field operation policies to administer and support Animal Welfare Act (AWA) inspections.


Meeting Location


University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The Joint Institute for Advanced Materials (JIAM), Room 147

2641 Osprey Vista Way

Knoxville, TN 37996


Meeting Support


The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The IACUC Administrators’ Association





Please note the meeting will be held at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (separate from the hotel).  A block of rooms at a rate of $109 has been reserved for you convenience.  Please contact the hotel directly and mention the IACUC Administrators Best Practice Meeting to receive the reduced rates.  We encourage you to make your hotel reservations at the Four Points by Sheraton since it provides shuttle services back and forth from the meeting location.        


Four Points by Sheraton Cumberland House Hotel

1109 White Avenue

Knoxville, Tennessee, 37916

Phone:  865-971-4663




November 6th, 2019 (7:30 AM)   through   November 7th, 2019 (3:30 PM)




University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The Joint Institute for Advanced Materials (JIAM)

2641 Osprey Vista Way

Knoxville, TN 37996


Event Fee(s)


IACUC Administrators Association NON-Members $ 175.00

IACUC Administrators Association Associates         $ 60.00


Draft Meeting Agenda Items*


  • Please note:  The agenda is based on the needs of the attendees.  During the registration process (or send Bill Greer an email (wggreer@umich.edu) attendees are given the opportunity to identify meeting topics.  The agenda is typically finalized about 30 days before the meeting. 


  1. Emergency Disaster Planning and Available Resources
  2. Regulatory Reform Efforts Update
  3. A Universal Protocol Template for the IACUC Community
  4. Understanding the difference between service and emotional support animals, and their access to Research Animal Facilities
  5. Cost/Benefit Analysis, Merit Review, Protocol Review – What’s the difference and what should we know
  6. IACUC oversight when the activities (e.g., Food and Fiber Studies) are not covered (e.g., non-USDA and non-PHS funded) by federal regulations
  7. “Connecting the Dots” between funding agencies, the Compliance Committee office, and the Office of Sponsored Programs
  8. Semi-Annual Facility Inspections – Understanding the Standards Flexibilities
  9. Subcontracts, Inter-institutional Assurances, MOU’s and Collaborations
  10. Converting a PAM Program into a Critical Resource for PIs
  11. IACUC Jurisdiction – What is the IACUC Expected to Oversee?
  12. Handling Modifications:  IACUC Review, VVC or an Administrative Correction?
  13. Interpretation of and Reporting Departures
  14. A View from Inside the Mouse Cage Event description, location and lodging information
November 6th, 2019 7:30 AM   through   November 7th, 2019 3:30 PM
Event Fee(s)
* IACUC Administrators Association NON-Members ($60 toward food and services) $ 175.00
IACUC Administrators Association Associates ($60 toward food and services) $ 60.00