Using Active Learning to Train the IACUC, for example Mock Semiannual Inspections, Webinar

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Topic Summary

During this webinar, Dawn O’Connor will discuss active learning techniques for training IACUC members. She will discuss various ideas but focus on facilitating IACUC member training by conducting mock facility inspections.   

Brief Agenda and Discussion Points

During this webinar, the facilitators will provide an operations focuses overview for performing a semi-annual program review and discuss the necessary elements of the IO report. They will discuss, for example:

  1. Ideas behind active learning,
  2. The benefits of active learning
  3. Training IACUC members to perform semi-annual inspections using mock inspections.
  4. Other possible uses of active learning

Presenter(s) Biographies

Bill Greer, Assistant Vice President for Research, University of Michigan


Bill graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 1985 with a degree in Microbiology.  He currently oversees the animal care and use, biosafety, lab safety, controlled substances, and autonomous systems research compliance programs.  His previous roles included the Associate Director for Research Compliance, IACUC Vice-Chair, and Biosafety Committee Chair at The Pennsylvania State University, and the production manager and safety director at Intervet, State College, PA (Formally Tri Bio Laboratories). Bill has overseen animal care and biosafety programs for over 30 years. 

In 2005, he organized and held the very first research administrators Best Practice Meeting, which establish a venue for research oversight professionals to informally meet and discuss programmatic concerns.  He continues to facilitate at least five annual Best Practice meetings covering both biosafety and animal care and use programs.  In 2010, he chaired the founding committee for the non-profit education based IACUC Administrators Association (IAA) and continues to serve as the organization’s president and chair of the 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).  Bill continues to serve as an educator for the IBC and IACUC Administrative communities and has lectures at multiple venues including PRIM&R, AALAS, BTAA, and C3, as well as facilitates IBC and IACUC 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; and the Director, Division of Comparative Medicine, The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; he is currently retired.  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.

Dawn O’Connor, LVT, CPIA LATG: Thirty-three years of experience as a veterinary technician and compliance specialist at the University of Michigan. Twenty-three years of regulatory compliance experience with an emphasis on interpretation and implementation of the policies, procedures and standards in a large multi-faceted multi-species animal program. She has served seven years as an AAALAC Ad-hoc specialist and has been a long time representative with the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA), and board member of the IACUC Administrators’ Association (IAA). Prior to U-M, Dawn worked as a veterinary technician in private practice for six years.


Note the webinar time is Eastern Time Zone.

September 20th, 2023 from  3:00 PM to  4:30 PM
Event Fee(s)
* IACUC Administrators Association NON-Members $75.00
IACUC Administrators Association Associates $0.00