Research and teaching with animals
Animal Care Committee (ACC)
All research at the university involving animals -- laboratory or field-based -- must receive approval from the Animal Care Committee (ACC). This approval is required before and throughout the study period.
Mandate: to ensure that all research with animals is conducted in accordance with the highest ethical and humane standards and that the animals, the public, the researchers, and the university are all protected from harm.
University policies and procedures comply with the policies of the Canadian Council on Animal Care.
If you have any questions, or if you are new to research, please contact us before you begin your study. For assistance, please contact: Animal Ethics Liaison, email@example.com 250-853-3187.
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- ACC Meeting
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Please review the HELP SHEET to ensure you are following the proper procedures when using animals in your research, teaching, or in the field.
- Animal Use Protocol (AUP) Application HELP SHEET
- Submission of Application to the Animal Care Committee FLOWCHART
- Field Study Research FAQ's
Should I apply?
If you will be using animals or animal tissue for research or if you are going into the field to observe or collect, you must complete an AUP and send it to the ACC.
How do I apply?
Complete your application (AUP) to use animals for research or teaching with the assistance of your supervisor. Contact the Veterinary Director, firstname.lastname@example.org for additional assistance. Once complete, submit your AUP to the Animal Ethics Liaison at email@example.com.
Who must apply?
You must apply for and receive ethical approval before you begin your study and maintain approval during the course of your study/data collection.
How often does the ACC meet?
Animal Care Committee meetings are held in the months of September to June, on the 2nd Friday. (Please note: meetings in September & January are held on the 3rd Friday). There are no meetings in July or August.
The conduct of animal research at UVic is based on policies at both the Board of Governors (BOG) and the Office of Research Services (ORS) levels. Both the BOG and ORS polices are in compliance with the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) guidelines for the humane treatment of animals in research.
- Terms of Reference and Procedures for Conducting Research or Teaching involving Animals
- Expedited Amendment
- Alternative Housing of Experimental Animals
- Recovery Surgery of Rodents
- Instructions Regarding Peer Review for Scientific Merit
- Researcher Guidelines for Monitoring of Animals used for Research, Teaching and Testing
- NEW! Three Rs microsite
Applications for approval to use animals in research or teaching are listed below:
- Application to Use Animals for RESEARCH - updated!
- Application to Use Animals for TEACHING - updated!
- Personnel and Qualifications
- EXPEDITED (minor) amendment form
Forms, templates, checklists, examples:
- Alternative Housing Notification Template
- Alternative Housing Request
- Alternative Housing checklist
- Transgenic information
- SOP template
- Endpoint Monitoring template (also available in Excel - contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Injection Endpoint Determination example
- Recovery Surgery checklist
- Surgical & post-op record example
- Surgical & post-op record Help File
- Request form for Pedagogical Merit review
Animal Care Committee meetings are held monthly, except in July and August.
Deadlines for applications
to be received by 4:30pm
ACC meeting dates
|Tuesday, September 6, 2016||Friday, September 16, 2016|
|Tuesday, October 4, 2016||Friday, October 14, 2016|
|Tuesday, November 1, 2016||Thursday, November 10, 2016|
|Tuesday, November 29, 2016||Friday, December 9, 2016|
|Tuesday, January 10, 2017||Friday, January 20, 2017|
|Tuesday, January 31, 2017||Friday, February 10, 2017|
|Tuesday, February 28, 2017||Friday, March 10, 2017|
|Tuesday, April 11, 2017||Friday, April 21, 2017|
|Tuesday, May 2, 2017||Friday, May 12, 2017|
|Tuesday, May 30, 2017||Friday, June 9, 2017|