Program Review and Facility Inspections

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

Semiannual program reviews and facility inspections conducted by the IACUC offer research institutions the opportunity to review and evaluate all aspects of the animal care and use program. These activities ensure general practices, procedures, and policies are compliant with federal and local regulations, and that animal welfare considerations are realized. All roles, from IACUC administrators to IACUC membership to supporting departmental partners, should be invited to participate in the conduct of these activities with appropriate preparation or training. Utilization of active learning tools will offer attendees an interactive experience. During this session, speakers and attendees will:

Tracy M. Heenan, DVM, CPIA

Professor, Director, Office of Animal Care and Use
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Tracy M. Heenan, D.V.M., CPIA is Director, Office of Animal Care and Use and Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Prior to entering the laboratory animal science field, Dr. Heenan was a small animal practitioner for four years. Dr. Heenan earned her veterinary medical degree from North Carolina State University and has extensive experience in Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee function. She is a Certified Professional IACUC Administrator (CPIA) and served on the CPIA Council from 2010-2015 and currently. Dr. Heenan currently serves as an ad hoc Consultant for AAALAC International.


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Monica L. DeFeo, MS, CPIA

Regulatory Compliance, Comparative Medicine
Pfizer, Inc.

Monica DeFeo, MS, CPIA is a Regulatory Compliance Coordinator in Comparative Medicine at Pfizer’s Groton CT site. In this role, she works closely with the IACUC, leading the animal care program review and participating in animal facility inspections. She also prepares for and participates in AAALAC site visits and Pfizer corporate animal welfare audits. As an expert in document management, Monica oversees the development and review of IACUC guidelines and standard operating procedures, and manages the quality assurance reviews of Good Laboratory Practice study work related to preclinical in vivo activities. Monica has over 25 years in laboratory animal science, facility management and regulatory compliance in both the academic and pharmaceutical environment. She earned her BS in Animal Science and MS in Animal Health and Disease from the University of Rhode Island, is a Certified Professional IACUC Administer and recently earned the Laboratory Animal Science Technologist certification from the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science.


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Assistant Director, Animal Welfare Operations
USDA, APHIS, Animal Care

Dr. William Stokes is Assistant Director for Animal Welfare Operations in Animal Care at the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Prior to joining USDA, he worked for 26 years at the National Institutes of Health, serving as Animal Program Director and Attending Veterinarian for two Institutes, and serving as the first Director of the National Toxicology Program’s Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods and first Chair and Executive Director of the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods. He received his B.S. from the University of Louisville, D.V.M. from The Ohio State University, and completed the laboratory animal medicine residency at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and the American College of Animal Welfare, and former Council member of the Institute of Laboratory Animal Research at the National Academy of Sciences. He is the recipient of two NIH Director’s Awards, the Society of Toxicology’s Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award, the HSUS Russell and Burch Award, and the Charles River Prize for outstanding contributions to laboratory animal medicine.


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Venita B. Thornton, DVM, MPH

Senior Assurance Officer

Venita B. Thornton, DVM, MPH, is a Senior Assurance Officer, in the Division of Assurances at the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW). She earned a B.S degree in Laboratory Animal Science from N.C Agricultural & Technical State University, and a DVM degree from N.C State University - College of Veterinary Medicine. Venita earned a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Preventive Medicine & Biometrics and simultaneously completed a Residency Program in Laboratory Animal Medicine, at the Uniformed Services University of Health Science (USUHS) in Bethesda, MD.

She previously served as a Facility Veterinarian at the NIH- National Institute of Neurologic Disorders & Stroke (NINDS) and at the (former) Veterinary Resources Program (VRP)- SPF Rodent & Rabbit facility respectively.


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