The pre-conference programs were a great start to the 2016 IACUC Conference. Essentials of IACUC Administration—Intensive was indeed an intensive session. In the next two months, I will be assuming the administration duties of my home institution’s IACUC protocol review, and there were a number of modules from this program relevant to my transition.
What are some of the tools I was able to pick up?
- While each institution is unique, and will each have their own specific policies, several policies were recommended to the audience. The best umbrella policy for every institution is to be in compliance with the Animal Welfare Act, Public Health Service (PHS) Policy, and with the Guide to the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.
- As an IACUC training coordinator and member, I already had a basic understanding of the external requirements and expectations for protocol review. As I begin administrating and documenting the review processes, though , I will be utilizing them on a daily basis. Can I remember all of them? Of course, I would like to say yes, but realistically, I must say no. However, with the templates I received at the sessions, I have quick and easy references to access. I was also reminded to know my institution’s PHS Assurance, our AAALAC International program description, and to be familiar with our written description of protocol review.
- The presenters also provided a list of recommended written procedures, along with resources to assist in developing them. It was like finding a bag of gems!
Attending the conference also offered the perfect opportunity to network with others. I had opportunities to speak with individuals who have spent decades in the animal research regulatory field. They have “been there and done that” and it was wonderful to glean some key points of insight from them. I also met others, like myself, who are wearing multiple hats at their institution, and others who are also very new to these positions. We found common ground in some of the struggles we face on a daily basis. It feels wonderful to be reassured that I am not alone.