Regulatory Nirvana – An Engaged Research Team, Committed to Compliance and Beyond

Tuesday, March 20
4:30 PM - 5:45 PM
Location: Franklin AB

When technical proficiency in the care and use of research animals is met, we move closer to the coveted goals of assuring compliance, qualifying personnel, meeting regulatory mandates, and improving both animal welfare and research quality. This cannot be easily accomplished without a training program that is comprehensive and consistently executed with excellence. As we know, federal regulations and recommendations clearly define the need for training, but that can be perceived as a burden; however, by adding “soft” skills to engage the research team, the trainer and the IACUC can enhance their capability to meet their goals and, when exceeded, achieve a higher “state” of compliance nirvana. Attendees should have an understanding of the regulatory mandates for training before attending this advanced session. Using active learning scenarios, speakers and attendees will:

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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Bruce W. Kennedy, MS, RLATG, CMAR, CPIA, EdD

IACUC Administrator, Chapman University; Lecturer, Animal Health Sciences, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Bruce W. Kennedy received his BS in zoology and MS in avian sciences at UC Davis, and his EdD in educational leadership at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (CPP). His career is a mix of animals, chemistry, training, and people, which started in California and included 19 years in Virginia and Maryland, in research and academic institutions in the disciplines of nutrition, physiology, and developmental biology. Bruce started in lab animal using coturnix quail in nutritional toxicology. He worked at the bench (analytical chemistry) with dogs in protein metabolism and rats in carbohydrate nutrition studies (USDA), writing GLP toxicology reports (Hazleton), preparing experimental diets with test substances (FDA), and managing mouse facilities (NIH and Caltech). At CPP, he was responsible for regulatory compliance (IRB and IACUC), while assisting researchers. Currently he is the IACUC administrator at Chapman University and a lecturer on lab animal science at CPP. He holds LATG, CMAR, and CPIA certifications. Bruce is past president of LAWTE and AALAS, director of the California Society for Biomedical Research, and recipient of the B&K IAT, the AALAS Collins, and the Purina tech awards. He serves as an ad hoc specialist with AAALACi.


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William Singleton, DVM, DACLAM

Animal Care Training Services

William Singleton received his DVM from Tuskegee University. Before starting ACTS in 2007 he worked in private research firms, pharmaceutical companies and academia. His broad work experience has provided a unique perspective on the complexities of managing animal care programs in diverse settings. He is board certified in Laboratory Animal Medicine and the President of Animal Care Training Services.
ACTS was created to be a training and educational resource committed to improving operational efficiencies through technical training and staff development. Dr. Singleton has spent over 10 years researching the implication of effective leadership and management as a catalyst to improve operational efficiencies.
ACTS has the unique opportunity to support and collaborate with innovative institutions seeking to improve research outcomes. As the only training company dedicated to the education and developmental success of individuals and teams, Dr. Singleton interacts with a large cross section of the laboratory animal communities in the United States and abroad.


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