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Applying for animal ethics approval

Do I need to apply?

You need approval from the animal care committee (ACC) if you will be:

  • using animals or animal tissue for research or teaching
  • going into the field to observe or collect

You must apply for and receive ethical approval before you begin your study. You will also need to maintain approval during your study/data collection.

How to apply

Ready to submit a new animal use protocol (AUP)

Research AUPs

Animal-based research projects conducted in a lab environment (Animal Care facilities and/or researcher lab facilities) or for projects that will combine lab and field components can now submit applications through RAIS.


Field research and teaching AUPs

To apply, you need to complete an AUP application and submit it to the animal ethics liaison. Contact your supervisor for assistance.


Expedited minor amendments

The Veterinary Director, Animal Care Services, can approve a minor amendment to an AUP at their discretion, on behalf of the Animal Care Committee. Amendments will be reported to the ACC chair and given final approval at the next ACC meeting.

Example changes

  • source of animal
  • location of animal accommodation or experimental area
  • addition of personnel
  • minor changes in procedures (e.g., tail vein injection to saphenous vein injection, change in anaesthetic drug or route of admonition, substitution of one non-invasive procedure for another, equally non-invasive procedure)
  • Minor change in animal numbers e.g., 10%
Expedited minor amendment form

ACC deadlines & meeting dates

Deadlines for applications
Received by 4:30 p.m.

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
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 Friday, April 14, 2023
Tuesday, April 25, 2023 Friday, May 12, 2023
Tuesday, May 23, 2023 Friday, June 9, 2023

Need help?

Email the veterinary director for additional assistance.