IACUC Administrators Best Practice Meeting, Ann Arbor, MI

This is an In-Person Meeting

Meeting Objective

The objective of each meeting  is to provide meeting attendees a wealth of information, and most importantly the opportunity to develop professional relationships with one another through engaging conversations (i.e., ideas provided by our members). During the meeting, specific topics will be analyzed by meeting facilitators and attendees to identify points of concern, answer questions, and refine practices that can be used to achieve desired goals.


The IACUC Administrators Association (IAA) is alliance of IACUC Administrators that strongly advocate for the animal care and use administrative community.  The IAA facilitates 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 and webinars.  BP meetings are facilitated by co-moderators and invited guest speakers.  BP meeting discussions investigate and evaluate the specific mechanics of various ACUP processes.

Attendance to this program will be limited to approximately 55 individuals.

The IACUC Administrators Best Practice meeting is a day and a half professional development opportunity both new and seasoned IACUC members, IACUC Administrators, program compliance coordinators, and other individuals who contribute to the institution’s animal care and use compliance program. Sessions are initiated using didactic presentations that are intended to provide sufficient background on a number of topics to ensure attendees have a general understanding of an overall Institutional Animal Care and Use program. During each meeting session it is important for attendees to engage in the discussion should any questions arise. Attendees are encouraged to submit (wggreer@umich.edu) questions PRIOR TO the meeting and may be encouraged to interact by discussing their own institutions practices.

Programs Support

The IAA meetings and related activities are supported through IAA memberships and event attendance fees.  To reduce your attendance fees at IAA upcoming meetings, we ask that you please become a new member or maintain your current membership status (memberships are renewed annually). If you are a current member of the IAA, you may attend the IAA Best Practice Meeting at the reduced rate of $235. Individuals that are non-members or those with expired memberships are asked to provide $335 in support for each meeting they attend.

Attendance to this program will be limited to approximately 55 individuals.

Discussion topics and proposed agenda items*

  • Please note:  The agenda was developed to expand and strengthen the expertise of IACUC professionals, including administrators, committee members and compliance directors. During the registration process (or send Bill Greer an email (wggreer@umich.edu) attendees are encouraged to identify specific topics that they would like to discuss.

Topics Summary

The tentative meeting schedule is as follows:

September 17, 2024 (Begins with the Networking Lunch)

12:00 – 1:00

Networking Lunch

1:00 – 1:30

Welcome, Opening Remarks

1:30 – 2:15

Harmonizing Biosafety and Animal Care and Use Compliance Programs

2:30 – 2:45


2:45 – 4:30

Occupational Health and Medical Surveillance Programs

4:30 – 4:45

Wrap-up and adjourn

September 18, 2024

7:30 – 8:00

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:15

Welcome, Opening Remarks

8:15 – 8:30

Animal Care and Use Program Demographics

8:30 – 9:30

ACUP Stake Holders Responsibilities

9:30 – 10:15

Animal Activities Requiring Special Considerations and the Protocol Template

10:15 – 10:30


10:30 – 11:00

Activities Covered Under the Animal Welfare Act

11:00 – 11:30

          Birds and other wild species

11:30 – 12:00

          Traditional Food and Fiber Species and Horses

12:00 – 1:00

Networking Lunch

1:00 – 2:30

Metrics and Quality Assurance Programs

2:30 – 2:45


2:45 – 3:45

Protocol reviews

3:45 – 4:30

Program Reviews, Inspections and the IO Report

4:30 – 4:45

Wrap-up and adjourn


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 various research compliance programs, including animal care and use, biosafety, lab safety, controlled substances, and autonomous systems research. His previous roles include Associate Director for Research Compliance, IACUC Vice-Chair, and Biosafety Committee Chair at Penn State, as well as production manager and safety director at Intervet. Bill has over 35 years of experience in managing animal care and biosafety compliance programs. In 2005, he organized the first research administrators Best Practice Meeting and continues to facilitate annual meetings. He chaired the founding committee for the IACUC Administrators Association (IAA) in 2010 and serves as its president and board chair. Since 2007, Bill has been an ad hoc consultant to AAALAC, performing institutional reviews. He was also a member of the Council of Certified Professional IACUC Administrators (CCPIA) and regularly lectures at various professional venues, including PRIM&R, AALAS, and BTAA.

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.

September 17th, 2024 12:00 PM to September 18th, 2024 4:30 PM
University of Michigan, NCRC Building 520, 1600 Huron Parkway, Ann Arbor 48109
United States
Event Fee(s)
IACUC Administrators Association NON-Members $335.00
IACUC Administrators Association Associates $235.00