The ICLAS Americas Regional Committee reports that the first on-line course “IACUC Member Training for Latin American Countries” has just been successfully completed. Forty three students participated in the 10-week course, presented in Spanish, by the Aula Virtual Bioterio (AVB) www.labanimalstraining.com ICLAS provided a US$4000 grant to support development of the course. Participants from ICLAS member organizations or nations were offered discounted tuition. The course is presented in 6 modules: laws and regulations; working as an IACUC member; protocols and animal welfare, inspections, reports and audits; international perspectives; workshop with scenarios and teamwork. The modules are presented on line, with video-conferencing. The format allows participation without the need for travel, and permits interactions and sharing of perspectives among IACUC members from different institutions and nations. Student evaluations at the end of the course praised the content and format, as well as the enthusiasm and helpfulness of the instructors.
AVB is currently enrolling students for the second edition of this course, set to begin in early November. As before, a limited number of scholarships for reduced tuition are available to participants from ICLAS member organizations or nations.