Effectively Identify, Track, and Report Departures: Meeting OLAW and USDA Requirements

Wednesday, March 21
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Franklin D

This session will involve active learning activities concerning departures from OLAW and USDA Requirements. In small groups, speakers and attendees will:

Patricia A. Brown, VMD, MS, DACLAM

Director, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare

Patricia A. Brown, VMD, MS, DACLAM, is the director of Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) at NIH. OLAW oversees the use of animals in research supported by NIH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Veterans Administration, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Science Foundation. Using the animal welfare standards required by the PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (PHS Policy), OLAW monitors compliance with the PHS Policy; evaluates allegations or indications of noncompliance with federal animal welfare requirements; and supports educational programs that further the humane care and use of research animals. Dr. Brown joined NIH in 1986, and served in clinical and management positions in the NIH intramural program before joining OLAW in 2006 as the director. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in animal science from The Pennsylvania State University and her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania. She served in the United States Air Force and, while on active duty, completed a residency and Master of Science degree in laboratory animal medicine from the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.


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Richelle L. Scales, CPIA

Protocol Analyst, IACUC Office
University of California, Berkeley

Richelle Scales, CPIA, received a bachelor of science degree in Laboratory Animal Science from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University (NC A&T) in 1993. She is a CPIA® and currently serves as a research compliance analyst at UC Berkeley, working in the Office for Animal Care and Use. Before coming to Berkeley, Richelle worked at Emory University Yerkes Primate Center for over 8 years as a veterinarian assistant and research technician, and for three years as an IACUC member, compliance analyst, and post-approval monitoring specialist. She has also served as a research consultant and lab assistant on behavioral projects involving rhesus macaques at Cayo Santiago, Puerto Rico.


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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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