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Webinar: (2019-11) Adopting and Retiring Research Animals: Best Practices and Lived Experiences

Many institutions have well-established practices pertaining to adoption/retirement of research animals. As legislative efforts at the federal and state levels increasingly make such practices mandatory, it’s in the interest of research institutions to proactively create and improve their adoption/retirement programs. Such programs enable institutions to maintain control of their own practices, gain public trust, and provide alternatives for healthy post-study animals that meet institutional adoption/retirement criteria. (Presented on November 7, 2019)


  • Current frameworks: the legislative environment, association policy statements, and the state of adoption/retirement programs at institutions
  • Success stories and lessons learned from programs at the speakers’ institutions, and tips for establishing a new program
  • Ethical considerations and special cases (such as animals with permanent disabilities)
  • Q&A

What will I learn?

After attending this webinar, you will be able to do the following as it pertains to research animal adoption/retirement programs:
  • Define current requirements at the legislative and institutional level
  • Describe some ethical and operational best practices
  • Strategize around developing a program at your institution

Who should attend?

This webinar is aimed at IACUC professionals and members, veterinarians, and researchers who are considering establishing or who are looking to improve upon their research adoption/retirement policies or practices.

Continuing Education

Webinar participants holding the Certified Professional in IACUC Administration (CPIA®) credential may apply 1.25 continuing education credits towards CPIA recertification. Learn More »

Access Interval
Access to purchased content will be available for 90 days after the date of purchase. After 90 days, access to the content will be removed, but users will retain access to any certificates of attendance earned. Content purchased prior to January 1, 2021 will remain available indefinitely. After access has expired, users can purchase an additional 90 days of access.

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