The Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education (ICARE) Project
The ICARE (Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education) Project invites you to join us for Virtual Sessions
https://olaw.nih.gov/education/icare-interagency 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. 

Those who care for biomedical research animals have the responsibility of providing support to scientists and exemplary care to the animals that depend upon us. To support IACUC members and staff and animal care and use program personnel, the ICARE faculty offers new online programs, OLAW Conversations. The program will provide institutional animal care and use program personnel the opportunity to view presentations on the following topics:


OLAW CONVERSATIONS presented by ICARE will be offered at NO CHARGE.  Participants are invited to register for any session of interest.

The program is in webinar format with opportunities for attendee discussion.


All sessions will include closed captioning.

Each session will be offered 1:30 - 3:30 PM Eastern time on the date provided in the schedule below which corresponds to:

  • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM Central
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Mountain
  • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific

The sessions are live only and will not be recorded.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Top Noncompliances from an OLAW, USDA and AAALAC Perspective: How to Learn from Noncompliances to Build a Better Animal Care and Use Program


  • Dr. Axel Wolf, MS, DVM, Deputy Director, NIH OLAW
  • Dr. Brent Morse, DVM, Director, Division of Compliance Oversight, NIH OLAW
  • Dr. Jacquelyn Tubbs, DVM, Animal Welfare Program Specialist, NIH OLAW
  • Dr. Elizabeth Theodorson, DVM, MPH, Acting Associate Deputy Administrator, USDA APHIS Animal Care
  • Dr. Gary Borkowski, DVM, MS, AAALAC International Global Director

February 15, 2022

TOPIC: Inclusive IACUCs - Effective Ways to Leverage Nonscientist/Nonaffiliated Members


  • Julie Arendt
  • R. Wayne Barbee, MS, CPIA, Ph.D.
  • Deb Berenbach
  • Marley (Thrasher) Johnson, M.Ed.
  • Jennifer Klahn, MA, CPIA

February 24, 2022

TOPIC: Improving Enrichment and Handling Practices for Laboratory Fish

Speaker: Lynne Sneddon, B.Sc. (Hons), Ph.D., University of Gothenburg, Department of Biology and Environmental Sciences


March 3, 2022

TOPIC: Low-Stress Handling for Mice and Supportive Care for Laboratory Animals


  • Elizabeth Nunamaker, PhD, DVM, DACLAM, DACAW, Director of Animal Welfare, Charles River Laboratories
  • Donna Goldsteen, BS, CMAR, RLATG, Director of Animal Sciences & Technologies, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals
  • Steven Niemi, DVM, DACLAM, Attending Veterinarian and Director, Animal Science Center, Boston University

March 31, 2022

TOPIC: 21st Century Cures Act Community Q&A


  • Dr. Patricia Brown, DVM, MS, DACLAM, Director, NIH OLAW
  • Dr. Robert Gibbens, DVM, Regional Director, USDA APHIS Animal Care

Participants may register for any session(s) of interest. The goal of the ICARE Project is to improve animal welfare while reducing regulatory burden and improving compliance with federal standards. To reach that goal, the ICARE faculty have developed and offered workshops since 2016.


IACUC members and Institutional personnel involved in animal care and use programs (veterinarians, compliance, PAM, trainers, investigators, administrators) may register to participate in the ICARE Virtual sessions.

  • Registration is FREE and limited to 500 participants per session; there is no fee for participating in the ICARE Virtual Sessions.
  • If more than 500 people register, ICARE will maintain a wait list; more session(s) may be offered if demand is sufficient.
  • Participants may register for any session(s) of interest.



The presentations will be conducted via webinar. Participants may submit questions and comments via the chat/Q&A features.   


ICARE will be flexible in our offerings, with the priority to meet the needs of the community we serve in this rapidly changing environment.