“Are your Birds Covered Under the AWARs (USDA)?”

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Brief Agenda and Discussion Points

Some birds’ activities are now covered under the Animal Welfare Act Regulations (AWAR), which is enforced by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The AWAR is a federal law that sets standards for the humane care and treatment of animals used in research, instruction, and testing.

It's important to note that while the AWAR do cover birds, there are some exemptions and specific regulations regarding certain activities, situations, and species. For example, domesticated birds are generally exempt from the AWARs, and wild birds may be covered.

Institutions, researchers, and other individuals working with birds are responsible for complying with the AWAR and ensuring the humane care and treatment of the animals under their care. This often involves obtaining appropriate IACUC approvals, providing adequate housing and care, and adhering to governing standards.

 During this webinar, we will thoroughly investigate the relatively new (August 21, 2023) AWAR governing the use of birds. In addition, we will develop methods that help us to know when birds are or are not covered by USDA expectations.

Participants are encouraged to submit (wggreer@umich.edu) questions regarding PRIOR TO the event. During each session, attendees will be encouraged to discuss their own institutions practices and ideas.

Presenter(s) Biographies:

Standing IAA Faculty and Facilitators

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.

April 17th, 2024 from  3:00 PM to  4:30 PM
Webinar - This session will be held remotely.
United States
Event Fee(s)
IACUC Administrators Association NON-Members $75.00
IACUC Administrators Association Members $0.00