IACUC Basics for the Use of Wildlife in Research and Education

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

This session will cover the basics for IACUC deliberations of those activities involving wildlife. The speakers will use a protocol tailored for wildlife to cover the information needed for an effective review of proposed activities, and that describes resources specific to wildlife research. During this session, speakers and attendees will:

John A. Bryan, II, DVM, MS

Chair, Animal Care and Use Committee
American Society of Mammalogists

Dr. Bryan is a native Georgian who received his undergraduate education from Emory University, and his professional and graduate degrees from the University of Georgia. Following graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Bryan received post-doctoral training at the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study (SCWDS) in the diagnosis, pathology, and epidemiology of wildlife disease. From 2009 to 2014, Dr. Bryan served as a team member of the Biological Resource Management Division of the National Park Service (NPS), where he served as Chair and Attending Veterinarian of the NPS Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Veterinary Diagnostic Service Coordinator, and as a Field Wildlife Veterinarian. In 2014, Dr. Bryan returned to SCWDS as a Public Service Assistant and Wildlife Veterinarian focusing on issues involving exotic invasive species and wildlife disease.


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Robert M. Gibbens, DVM

Director, Animal Welfare Operations
USDA, APHIS, Animal Care

Robert M. Gibbens, DVM, Director Animal Welfare Operations, USDA, APHIS, Animal Care
-Bachelors Degree, Zoology, 1980, Oklahoma State University
-DVM, 1984, Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine
-Small animal practice in Oklahoma
-With USDA since 1990
-VMO for Animal Care in Utah
-Field Supervisor for Animal Care
-Regional Director of the Western Region for Animal Care, 1997-2014
-Director, Animal Welfare Operations, 2014-present.


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Robert S. Sikes, PhD

Professor of Biology; Director, Basic Animal Services Unit, University of Arkansas at Little Rock; President, American Society of Mammalogists

Robert Sikes received his BS from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, MS from Memphis State University, and PhD from the University of Minnesota. He has worked exclusively with wild animals in the field and in the lab to address questions in behavioral and evolutionary ecology. Sikes has worked with mammal species ranging from shrews to giant pandas and has dabbled with reptiles and fish. He serves as Professor of Biology and Director of the Basic Animal Services Unit at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Sikes is currently president of the American Society of Mammalogists and was senior author on the last two revisions of the Guidelines of the American Society of Mammalogists for the use of Wild Mammals in Research (2011 and 2016). With regard to oversight of animal use, he has long been interested in the fit of wild animals to guidelines and regulatory landscapes designed for domesticated species.


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Axel V. Wolff, MS, DVM

Deputy Director

Axel Wolff, M.S., D.V.M., currently serves as Deputy Director, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) NIH. At OLAW he has also served as the Director, Division of Compliance Oversight and as a Senior Assurance Officer. Prior to joining OLAW, Dr. Wolff was the director of the Veterinary Resources Program, NIH's intramural biomedical research support program. He also directed NIH's animal quarantine facility and served at the neurology institute. Dr. Wolff's interest in unique research animals has involved him in work with armadillos, chimpanzees, and fruit bats as well as the more common species. He serves on the editorial board of Lab Animal and EMBO reports and has published on various topics including primate enrichment and interpretations of various provisions of the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.


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