IACUC Deliberations Involving Wildlife in Management Versus Research Decisions

Wednesday, March 21
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Location: Marion

This session will focus on the issues IACUCs and investigators face when animals are used for both wildlife management and research. Collecting data tailored for both management and research purposes maximizes benefit per capture, but also imposes challenges for the IACUC where their responsibilities are confined to research, teaching, and testing. These topics will be addressed primarily through scenarios about these gray areas. Attendees are expected to have sufficient experience and understanding to actively contribute to the discussion of and solution to these difficult problems by building knowledge from earlier wildlife breakout sessions. During this session, speakers and attendees will:

Laurence B. Istvan, PhD

Assistant Director, Office of Animal Welfare
University of Washington

Laurence B. Istvan, PhD
Assistant Director for Operations, Office of Animal Welfare, University of Washington
Laury Istvan started his career as a Research Ecologist at the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan; he then ran a natural resources management consulting firm and served as Director of Strategy and Analytics for Volt Information Sciences. His work has centered on the intersection of people, technology and nature -- helping decision-makers, including the interested public, to understand the science that informs societies’ choices. In 2013 he joined the UW Office of Animal Welfare, switching focus from wildlife and natural environments to research animals and laboratory settings. Laury earned his undergraduate degree in Natural Resource Policy and Conservation at the University of Michigan and his Doctorate in Environmental Interpretation at the University of Washington; he is also a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt. His non-work hours are spent, to the extent possible, out-of-doors -- hiking, cross-country skiing, kayaking, sailing, hunting, fishing, mushrooming, or just watching the sunrise from a sleeping bag.


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Elaine K. Kim, BS, CPIA

Senior IACUC Coordinator, Research Integrity and Compliance Review Office
Colorado State University

Elaine K. Kim, BS, CPIA
Senior IACUC Coordinator
Research Integrity & Compliance Review Office
Colorado State University

Elaine is the Senior IACUC Coordinator at Colorado State University (CSU) and this is her third time presenting at a PRIMR IACUC Conference. Previously, she has presented on CSU's implementation of OLAW Guidance on Significant Changes in Animal Activities, NOT-OD-14-126. She has also presented on the use of privately-owned animals in veterinary clinical research. She has been an IACUC Coordinator since 2010 and assists researchers navigate the IACUC protocol review process, works on IACUC policies and guidelines, as well as communicates with external funding agencies and collaborators.


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Nicolette Petervary, VMD, DACAW

National Animal Welfare Specialist, Animal Welfare Operations
USDA, APHIS, Animal Care

Nicolette Petervary, VMD, DACAW is the Animal Care Specialist for Animal Welfare Operations with the USDA, APHIS, Animal Care program, based in Raleigh, NC. In this capacity Dr. Petervary represents Animal Care in regional and national meetings and conferences held in this area and around the country. Dr. Petervary graduated from the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. Prior to her current position in Animal Care, she was in private small and exotic animal practice, worked as a research associate at the University of California (Davis and San Francisco Campuses) and worked for the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. In 2016 she became a diplomate of the American College of Animal Welfare.


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Tracy A. Thompson, DVM

Veterinary Medical Officer, Wildlife Health Branch
National Park Service

Tracy Thompson, DVM, Veterinary Medical Officer, National Park Service (NPS)

Following graduation from the Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine (WSUCVM), Tracy's career as a veterinarian has been rich and varied, involving companion animal practice, veterinarian for captive zoo and wild animal facilities, Attending Veterinarian (AV) and research associate for the Venom Lab at the Western Institute for Biomedical Research, an Instructor and AV for a Veterinary Technology program, and as a Veterinary Medical Officer for Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico with the USDA, APHIS, Animal Care.

Tracy currently works in the Biological Resources Division, Wildlife Health Branch of the NPS Washington Support Office in Fort Collins, CO. She serves as the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Chair and AV for the NPS IACUC which oversees research activities involving vertebrate wildlife within NPS units. She also provides technical assistance to parks regarding wildlife disesase and health, with particular emphasis for herpetofauna, and in applying animal welfare standards for the care of display animals at cultural heritage parks.

Additionally, Tracy serves as a faculty member for the Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education (ICARE) project sponsored by NIH/OLAW, is an IACUC member for the American Society of Mammalogists, and is a representative for NPS on the Disease Task Team for Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC).

Tracy is a grateful resident of Colorado where she, her husband, and her dog enjoy exploring the mountains and deserts she calls home.


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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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