The Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education (ICARE) Project aims to empower IACUCs and their institutions to improve animal welfare and thus increase the quality of data collected, and increase compliance with federal standards while minimizing regulatory burden. ICARE Academies (IA) offer participants an understanding of research animal welfare and IACUC oversight issues through active learning and scientific teaching. 

ICARE ACADEMY:  Introduction to IACUC Function (IA Intro)


Tuesday - Thursday, September 15-17, 2020
Sheraton Westport Plaza St Louis
900 Westport Plaza, St. Louis, MO  63146 • 314-848-1500  •  Hotel Website


IA Intro is a comprehensive 3-day workshop appropriate for those IACUC and animal program personnel who are new to the program, newly promoted, or those who seek a review of federal animal welfare oversight standards. This workshop introduces participants to the regulations and guidelines of the U.S. federal agencies that oversee animal welfare at research institutions. Participants will be coached and mentored by experienced facilitators who are also IACUC subject matter experts from the federal, academic, and private sectors. 

See more about our IA faculty here


The IA Intro workshop will be held on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM through Thursday, September 17, 2020, 8:00 AM - 5:45 PM.


Please see the schedule HERE (subject to change).


Participation is open to those involved in animal care and use programs, including IACUC members and staff, Institutional Officials, veterinarians, animal facilities personnel, administrators, consultants, and compliance and regulatory personnel.


Colleagues from outside the US are welcome to attend the workshop, however the target audience is IACUC members and staff and animal program personnel from US institutions.  The curriculum presented is focused on US federal standards.


The number of attendees is limited to 36.  Space will be filled on a first come-first serve basis.  If the program is filled, you will have the option to add your name to the waitlist on the registration form.  Registrants should note that the ICARE training is intensive.  Read more about what to expect.


Attendees will work in both large interactive sessions and small facilitated breakout groups.  In all of the sessions, attendees will engage in active learning activities such as interactive presentations, group work, and discussions. Active learning increases effectiveness of adult education in factual and theoretical understanding of scientific and ethical issues by engaging the learner in activities that require the application of high-level concepts.


ICARE training is intensive.  Participants are fully engaged in content throughout the training and are not able to conduct other activities such as email, conference calls and laboratory or office management activities during the training day. 


EARLY RATE:  $750   
             (through August 4, 2020)
Regular Rate:  $800 
            (August 5, 2020 - September 8, 2020)
Late Rate:  $850  
            (after September 8, 2020)

Registration includes:  

  • Instruction
  • Coursework materials
  • Wifi connection in the meeting room
  • Breakfast & Lunch on Tuesday-Thursday, September 15-17, 2020

Registration does not include:

  • Air travel & ground transportation
  • Lodging
  • Parking
  • Ground transportation 


Please do not purchase air travel tickets until you have received a confirmation of your registration.


Participants should plan to arrive into the area on Monday, September 14, 2020 and plan to depart on flights at 7:00 PM or later on Thursday, September 17 or anytime on Friday, September 18, 2020.  


St. Louis (STL) Airport is the closest airport (7.6 miles) to the conference hotel.  The hotel offers complimentary airport shuttle transportation.