Animal housing and care

Animal Care Services (ACS)

Our office is committed to providing excellence in research support to all UVic researchers.

In addition to our housing facilities and services for animals, ACS provides veterinary and diagnostic services as well as training and expertise in laboratory animal medicine.  This office also provides veterinary oversight of all animal facilities at UVic. 

We are here to help you with your research needs.

All research with animals must receive approval from the Animal Care Committee (ACC) before commencing.

Click here for Research and teaching with animals (ACC).

Our Veterinary Director (acsvet@uvic.ca) can provide assistance with:

  • Choosing of animal-based models
  • Training staff & researchers
  • Interpretation of regulatory guidelines, policies, & procedures
  • Animal Use Protocol (AUP) planning & writing
  • Design & implementation of experimental procedures
  • Choosing & use of medications and reagents for experimental protocols
  • Feedback on procedures
  • Troubleshooting challenges or abnormalities
  • Diagnostics & data analysis
  • Guidance on writing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Animal Care Committee queries

Our Animal Health Technicians (AHTs) (acsaht@uvic.ca) can assist you with:

  • All technical procedures & health related matters for laboratory animals
  • Treatment options for laboratory animals
  • Acquisition of drugs and supplies
  • Post-procedural monitoring of animals
  • Colony management & trouble-shooting
  • Ordering & shipping animals
  • Developing technical Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Preparing or amending Animal Use Protocols (AUPs)
  • Training for researchers in basic & advanced assessment of animal health & performance of technical procedures

Our Registered Laboratory Animal Technicians (RLATs) (acshouse@uvic.ca) can assist you with:

  • Specialized housing, equipment, breeding & dietary needs for all laboratory animals
  • Adjusting & maintaining animal environments
  • Providing use of enrichment for laboratory animals 
  • Sanitization & maintenance of all animal & procedure rooms
  • Education on the operation & maintenance of equipment
  • Guidance on writing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Training for researchers in basic & advanced husbandry procedures for standard & immunocompromised rodents
  • Establishing researcher & technician partnerships within our "running-mate" program

Our Aquatics Technicians can assist you with:

  • Maintenance of aquatic animal husbandry & health
  • Water quality maintenance & reports
  • Project/Lab set-up & removal
  • Broodstock maintenance
  • Supplying animals & animal use tracking
  • Guidance on writing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Training for researchers in basic & advanced husbandry & technical procedures for aquatic animal species

The Animal Ethics Liaison (acsc@uvic.ca) can assist you with:

  • All enquires about Animal Care Services (ACS) and the Animal Care Committee (ACC)
  • Enrollment in education & training programs
  • Access to facilities
  • Locating and reviewing SOPs
  • Submission of AUPs to the ACC
  • Placing animal orders

Welcome!  If you have any questions, please contact the Animal Ethics Liaison at acsc@uvic.ca or 250-853-3187

1. Your Training Checklist - use this form to keep track of the requirements and your accomplishments. 

2Facility Access Application

3. Handbook for Investigators, Graduate Students and Laboratory Personnel - GREAT resource!

4. Training Program

5. Lending Library - Staff and researchers are invited to utilize a variety of books available on a selection of topics related to laboratory animals.

**NEW** SOP site in Connect

You can view all the current SOP's in one document library.

When viewing all documents, you can select any column header to sort or filter by the parameters provided.

You can also now search for any SOP using the search function.



Please follow this template to create a new SOP for submission to the ACC. Contact acsc@uvic.ca for any questions, concerns or to request access.

For assistance, please contact either the:

Animal Health Coordinator:  acsaht@uvic.ca  or

Animal Husbandry Coordinator:  acshouse@uvic.ca

If you require assistance, please contact the Animal Ethics Liaison at acsc@uvic.ca

How to order your animals:

Forms for mammalian animals:

Form for aquatic animals:

Exporting animals

To access the calendars for the Procedure Rooms in the units and to book time, please click here.