By Angela Craig, DVM, lab animal veterinarian and IACUC member at the University of Minnesota

PRIM&R is pleased to share a post from Angela Craig, a member of the PRIM&R Blog Squad for the 2015 Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Conference. The PRIM&R Blog Squad is composed of PRIM&R members who blog here, on Ampersand, to give our readers an inside peek of what is happening at the conference in Boston, MA.

If you typically house laboratory mice at [...] Read more


With the 2015 Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Conference rapidly approaching, our staff is busy getting ready to welcome more than 600 professionals from across the fields of animal care and use and research ethics to our hometown, Boston, MA. Amid all our planning, we found ourselves wondering: How has the IACUC Conference changed over the years? The conference is always a great opportunity to learn about the latest insights, best practices, and challenges in the field, but how have those transformed in recent years?

We dug into our archives to look at the 2005 IACUC Conference [...] Read more


By Maeve Luthin, JD, professional development manager

Welcome to another installment of our featured member interviews where we introduce you to PRIM&R’s members—individuals who work to advance ethical research on a daily basis. Over the course of the past few months we have been shining a spotlight on members of the CIP and CPIA Councils. Please read on to learn more about their professional experiences, how membership helps connect them to a larger community, and what goes on behind-the-scenes in their lives!

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by Maeve Luthin, Professional Development Manager
The upcoming 2015 Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Conference will feature some exciting new session topics that originated from suggestions shared in last year’s conference evaluations. We received repeated requests to expand conference offerings for those who work with animals that are beyond the typical laboratory species. The new Not Your Average IACUC track includes sessions on working with nontraditional laboratory animals, including: A8: Managing Non-Traditional [...] Read more


by Anne Meade, MS, PMP, senior manager for website and social media

The most recent revisions to the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals highlighted the importance of training for individuals involved with the care and use of animals. As Chris Newcomer explains in this excerpt on People & Perspectives, this was a welcome addition.

“I’ve seen indiscretions done in animal research…they almost always result not from somebody’s maliciousness; they result from their arrogance of thinking that they know enough to do a procedure the right way.”Read more

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