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, 250-853-3187.

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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. 


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, for additional assistance.  Once complete, submit your AUP to the Animal Ethics Liaison at .  

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.

UVic Policies:

ACC Policies and Guidelines:


Animal Care Committee meetings are held monthly, except in July and August.

NEW! Summer 2022 application review process and deadlines

Deadlines for applications

to be received by 4:30 p.m.

ACC meeting dates

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 Friday, September 17, 2021
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 Friday, October 8, 2021
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 Friday, November 12, 2021
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 Friday, December 10, 2021
Tuesday, December 28, 2021 Friday, January 21, 2022
Tuesday, January 25h, 2022 Friday, February 11, 2022
Tuesday, February 22, 2022 Friday, March 11, 2022
Monday, March 22, 2022 Friday, April 8, 2022
Tuesday, April 26, 2022 Friday, May 13, 2022
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 Friday, June 10, 2022

Veterinary Director


Animal Ethics Liaison