For VA and Non-VA Alike: Timing and Substance – How to Respond When Things Go Wrong

Tuesday, March 20
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Marion

The combined effect of Murphy’s Law, human fallibility, and moving targets for ethical, veterinary, and regulatory standards, is that things go wrong – in animal research as in any other area of human endeavor. How participants in the animal research program respond, makes all the difference. This session will focus on using the process of identifying and addressing problems to improve the animal care and use program, instead of only ensnaring the program in ever increasing and counterproductive regulatory burden. Specific topics to be addressed will include what to do with the findings that come out of AAALAC site visits, and what to do about problems that are self-identified. The office of the Chief Veterinary Medical Officer of the VA provides guidance to the 70+ VA facilities with animal research programs. All of these are required by VA policy to comply with the USDA, APHIS, Animal Care and PHS Policies, just as non-VA institutions do. This session will be useful to participants from any institution, although speakers will address a few VA-specific points as well. During this session, speakers and attendees will:

Michael T. Fallon, DVM, PhD, DACLAM, CPIA

Associate Prof, Dept of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Chief Veterinary Medical Officer, Office of Research and Development
Department of Veterans Affairs

Michael Fallon, DVM, PhD, DACLAM, CPIA has served since 1997 as the Chief Veterinary Medical Officer in the Office for Research and Development, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). His office is charged with monitoring the ethical use of laboratory animals in the agency, developing and implementing VA policies at the national level, and providing regulatory and consultation services to VA animal research programs and IACUCs, which number more than 70 nationwide. His interests include the use of computer-based training in research disciplines, animal models of animal research, and the application of biosafety and recombinant nucleic acid safety principals in animal research.

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Alice Huang, PhD, CPIA

Staff Scientist and Deputy for IACUC Guidance, Office of the Chief Veterinary Medical Officer, Office of Research and Development
Department of Veterans Affairs

Alice Huang, PhD, CPIA, is the Deputy for IACUC Guidance in the Office of the CVMO, Office of Research and Development, Department of Veterans Affairs, and is located in Decatur, Georgia. She was a research physiologist and medical school faculty member, with particular interests in systems cardiovascular physiology, for almost 20 years, before joining the Office of the CVMO. Since 2006, she has led the efforts of that office to work with representatives of USDA, OLAW, and AAALAC, to understand the integrated regulatory requirements and provide consistent guidance specific to the needs of the individual 70+ VA stations involved in animal research. She also provides technical support for on-line training and document management systems used by VA, and is involved in the development of committee management software.

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Joan T. Richerson, MS, DVM, MS, DACLAM, CPIA

Assistant Chief Veterinary Medical Officer, Office of the Chief Veterinary Medical Officer, Office of Research and Development
Department of Veterans Affairs

Joan T. Richerson, MS, DVM, MS, DACLAM, CPIA, is the Assistant Chief Veterinary Medical Officer in the Office of the CVMO, Office of Research and Development, Department of Veterans Affairs, Nashville, Tennessee. She is a laboratory animal veterinarian with 30 plus years of experience in animal care and use program management and has served as a veterinary medical consultant for the VA and other federal agencies. In 2010, she joined the Office of the CVMO and works with Drs. Michael Fallon, Alice Huang, and M.A. McCrackin to provide support and guidance to VA animal care and use programs. She is primarily responsible for the VA Just-In-Time secondary reviews of protocols and the optional IACUC Training Exercises.

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