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.

Summer 2022 application review process and deadlines

Deadlines for applications

to be received by 4:30 p.m.

ACC meeting dates

Tuesday, August 30, 2022 Friday, September 16, 2022
Tuesday, September 27, 2022 Friday, October 14, 2022
Tuesday, October 25, 2022 Thursday, November 10, 2022
Tuesday, November 22, 2022 Friday, December 9, 2022
Tuesday, January 3, 2023 Friday, January 20, 2023
Tuesday, January 24, 2023 Friday, February 10, 2023
Tuesday, February 21, 2023 Friday, March 10, 2023
Monday, March 28, 2023 Friday, April 14, 2023
Tuesday, April 25, 2023 Friday, May 12, 2023
Tuesday, May 23, 2023 Friday, June 9, 2023

Veterinary Director


Animal Ethics Liaison