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 and OLAW History. The program will provide institutional animal care and use program personnel the opportunity to view presentations on the following topics:

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. 


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

The program format is webinar. Modules and group work are not included in this program.

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.





All sessions will include closed captioning.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Post COVID-19 Challenges: Staff Shortages and Returning to Physical Workspaces


  • George Babcock, PhD, Professor Emeritus & IACUC Chair, University of Cincinnati, Dept. Surgery
  • Jennifer Klahn, MA, CPIA, Director, Research Safety and Animal Welfare Administration, University of California, Los Angeles
  • William Singleton, President, ACTS - Animal Care Training Services

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

OLAW Guidance on Annual Reports, Semiannual Inspections, and the AAALAC International Program Description


  • Jane Na, DVM, CPIA, Director, Division of Assurances, OLAW, NIH
  • Eileen Morgan, Senior Animal Welfare Policy Advisor, OLAW, NIH
  • Aaron Rhyner, Assistant Director of Animal Welfare Field Operations, USDA APHIS Animal Care
  • Gary Borkowski, AAALAC International Global Director

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Post COVID-19 Challenges: Vaccine Hesitancy and Vaccination Issues in the Workplace


  • R. Wayne Barbee, PhD, Affiliate Professor of Physiology & Biophysics in the School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Tanise Jackson, DVM, DACLAM, CPIA, Director, Animal Welfare and Research Integrity, Florida A&M University

Friday, September 10, 2021

Refinements to Promote Social Housing While on Study


  • Robyn Engel, DVM, DACLAM, DACAW
    Animal Welfare Program Specialist
    Division of Assurances, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, National Institutes of Health
  • Gwendalyn M. Maginnis, DVM
    Nonhuman Primate Specialist
    APHIS Center for Animal Welfare
    USDA APHIS Animal Care
  • Eric Hutchinson, DVM, DACLAM,
    Attending Veterinarian and Assistant Vice Provost for Animal Research,
    Director, Research Animal Resources, Assistant Professor, Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology, Johns Hopkins University

History of U.S. Animal Welfare Oversight

HISTORY of U.S. Animal Welfare Oversight will be offered at NO CHARGE on

Friday, September 24, 2021

2:00 - 5:00 PM Eastern Time

  • 1:00 - 4:00 PM Central Time
  • 12:00 - 3:00 PM Mountain Time
  • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Pacific Time

Please join the ICARE Project for an online panel discussion: History of US Animal Welfare Oversight. This free webinar will be broadcast live via Zoom and subsequently will be available to the public.


Panelists will share their longstanding commitment to humane care and use of animals in the conduct of scientific research, including the development, harmonization, and implementation of the PHS Policy and Animal Welfare Act and Regulations, the origin of IACUCs, commitment to performance standards, minimization of administrative burden, and operation of quality animal care and use programs. Distinguished panelists of this program include:


  • Patricia A. Brown, VMD, MS, DACLAM, ICARE faculty, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, NIH
  • B. Taylor Bennett, DVM, PhD, DACLAM, DACAW, Management Consultant 
  • Jerry Collins, PhD, (Ret) Yale University School of Medicine
  • Ron Dehaven, DVM, MBA, Dehaven Veterinary Solutions, (Ret) USDA, AVMA
  • Betty Goldentyer, DVM, Deputy Administrator, USDA, APHIS, Animal Care
  • Nelson Garnett, DVM, DACLAM (Ret) Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, NIH
  • Charlie McCarthy, PhD (Ret) Office of Protection from Research Risks, NIH assisted by Amy (Kuei-Lan) Chuang, MS, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Carolyn McKinnie, DVM, ICARE Faculty, USDA, APHIS, Animal Care
  • John Miller, DVM, DACLAM, (Ret) Office of Protection from Research Risks, Animal Welfare Division, NIH; AAALAC
  • Prentice, Ernie, PhD, ICARE Faculty, (Ret) University of Nebraska
  • Susan Brust Silk, MS, ICARE Faculty, (Ret) Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, NIH 
  • Robert Whitney, DVM, MS, DACLAM, (Ret) RADM, USPHS (will participate in writing)
The program format is webinar. Modules and group work are not included in this program.

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.