Conservation Research Oversight and IACUC Collaborations

Certificate Course
Price: FREE      CEUs: 0.1


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Clock Hours: 1Hr
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This is an OPTIONAL educational webinar designed to help you learn how to do conscientious research oversight in zoos, and especially how to collaborate with organizations that have a federal accreditation and IACUC. If you are looking for the SDZG REQUIRED IACUC training course and quiz – please take the My Academy class with the title, “IACUC Training module 1 – Required Overview”.

Current conservation practices acknowledge research is necessary to answer questions critical to species propagation and welfare. Additionally, the AZA accreditation process assesses and encourages an institution to be involved in research, both in-house and through collaborations. With research, comes the responsibility of approving and monitoring the process/program/research to ensure the animals are treated appropriately, staff is adequately trained, and there is accountability.

Traditional laboratory animal and university research settings have a formal process of receiving federal accreditation for their research programs. This process is overseen with an “INSTITUTIONAL ANIMAL CARE AND USE COMMITTEE (IACUC)”. While most zoos have some kind of approval process for assessing research, only a handful of zoological institutions have a federally recognized IACUC. As zoos start to collaborate with universities, regulatory agencies and non-profit organizations to perform conservation research, understanding of how an IACUC functions is needed to facilitate the collaboration process. Additionally, understanding the different aspects of an IACUC will allow an institution to critique and improve the zoo’s in-house research approval process to keep up with current research standards and public expectations.