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Animal ethics

All research at UVic involving animals — laboratory or field-based — must receive approval from the Animal Care Committee (ACC) before and throughout the study period.

ACC’s mandate: to ensure that all research with animals gets conducted in accordance with the highest ethical and humane standards and that animals, public, researchers and the university are all protected from harm.

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RAIS maintenance

From June 1 to June 9, 2023, University Systems will perform planned maintenance on several administrative systems, including SharePoint. This maintenance may result in RAIS users experiencing...

AUP application process moving online on May 9th

Starting May 9th, new research Animal Use Protocol applications must be submitted via RAIS (Research Administration Information System). Visit the RAIS users website for application information,...

After hours emergencies

If you are working after hours (before 8:30 a.m., or after 4:30 p.m., 7 days per week) at any of the animal care or aquatics facilities and you experience an animal health or equipment-related...

Controlled substances supply

March 20, 2023

For the foreseeable future, McGill is unable to distribute controlled substances to researchers holding a Health Canada Exemption to Use a Controlled Substance for Scientific Purposes. It is...

Policies & procedures

The conduct of animal research at UVic is based on policies at both the Board of Governors (BOG) and the ORS levels. Both the BOG and ORS policies are in compliance with the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) policies and guidelines for the humane treatment of animals in research.

UVic policies

ACC policies & guidelines


Check out our resources for research and teaching with animals.

Need help?

If you have any questions, or if you are new to research, please reach out to us before you begin your study. 

Animal ethics liaison

Veterinary director