Decreasing Regulatory Burden: What’s Not to Like?

Monday, March 19
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Delaware CD

This educational session will further explore topics related to NIH efforts to decrease regulatory burden for PIs and the impact this has on our veterinary positions for animal care. Two modules will comprise the morning of ‘Deep Dive Discussions’. We will begin with a presentation of VVC and concerns about implementation will be analyzed. Next, we will delve into the NIH ‘Simplification of the Vertebrate Animals section” [NOT-OD-16-006] to no longer include justifications of animal numbers in grants (leaving this to the IACUC for review). Included will be discussion of whether animal programs should continue to assign USDA Humane Use Categories to rodent species on IACUC protocols when there is no mandate to do so. Attendees will benefit from engaging in large- and small-group discussions with colleagues on these contemporary challenges for veterinarians in biomedical research.

Learning Objectives: The participants will gain a better understanding of these regulatory changes and the impact they have on the veterinary team. Colleagues will share their successes (or failures) in implementing these changes. View the agenda here.

*Note: If you are taking both half-day preconference programs, please note that lunch will be available. If you are only taking this half-day workshop, lunch will not be provided.

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*To receive the password, you must pre-register for this program. Please note that only those pre-registered for a preconference program are permitted into the room. If you would like to attend or switch your preconference program while you are on-site, please go to the PRIM&R help desk to see if there is still space in the program.

F. Claire Hankenson, DVM, MS, DACLAM

Director, Campus Animal Resources; Attending Veterinarian; Professor, Laboratory Animal Medicine, Department of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation, College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University

Dr. F. Claire Hankenson is the Director within Campus Animal Resources, and the Attending Veterinarian at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. In addition, she is a Professor of Laboratory Animal Medicine in the Department of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Hankenson obtained her veterinary degree from Purdue University. Following veterinary school, she completed her laboratory animal medicine residency and graduate work (M.S., Microbiology) at the University of Washington, Seattle. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) in 2002. Dr. Hankenson’s current position combines administrative service, regulatory input, clinical effort and collaborative research. Dr. Hankenson has been active on committees within AALAS since 2002, served on the Executive Board for ACLAM from 2010-2017 (ACLAM President; 2015-2016), and is an ad-hoc specialist with AAALAC. In addition, she is currently a member of the PRIM&R Board of Directors.


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Nancy Figler Marks, DVM, MS, DACLAM

IACUC Office Director; Veterinarian
University of Iowa

Nancy Figler Marks has been the Director of the IACUC Office and IACUC Veterinarian at the University of Iowa since 2012. Previously she worked for 14 years in various veterinary and regulatory roles with Parke Davis and later Pfizer.


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