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Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education Project

ICARE Project

The Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education (ICARE) Project is an interagency initiative of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Science Foundation (NSF), and Veterans Administration (VA). This group of federal agencies is involved in the welfare of animals used in research, teaching, and testing in the US. Although federal animal care and use standards vary, all endorse local oversight for the humane care and use of animals by an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUC).

Our aim is to empower IACUCs and their institutions to increase compliance with federal standards while minimizing regulatory burden. The ICARE Project uses active learning pedagogy which has been shown to increase effectiveness of adult education in factual and theoretical understanding of scientific and ethical issues by engaging the learner in activities that require the application of high-level concepts.

ICARE Academies use active learning pedagogy to train IACUC members and institutional and animal program personnel to meet their responsibilities for animal welfare oversight. The ICARE Academies will empower the learner to assume accountability for facts and conceptual understanding of federal standards through the study of realistic problems encountered in animal care and use programs. 

  • ​Participation is open to those involved in animal care and use programs, including IACUC members and staff, Institutional Officials, veterinarians, animal facilities personnel, administrators, consultants, and compliance and regulatory personnel.
  • ​Attendees will work in both large interactive sessions and small facilitated breakout groups. In all of the sessions, attendees will engage in learning activities such as interactive presentations, group work, and discussions.

Train the Trainer Institutes teach institutional training personnel to use active learning in their training programs. Participants will engage in active learning applied to IACUC subject matter content and modules that address the scientific basis of active learning pedagogy. 

  • Participation is open to institutional animal care and use trainers and IACUC trainers. At least 2 trainers from an institution are required to attend a Train the Trainers Institute to facilitate implementation of active learning training at the institution.
  • ​Attendees will work in facilitated breakout groups and engage in learning activities aimed at using backward design to develop teaching modules that can be used at their home institution.

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