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:

ACC Procedures:


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

NEW! - Summer application process 2020

Deadlines for applications

to be received by 4:30pm

ACC meeting dates

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020 Friday, September 18th, 2020
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 Friday, October 9th, 2020
Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 Friday, November 13th, 2020
Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 Friday, December 11th, 2020
Tuesday, December 29th, 2020 Friday, January 15th, 2021
Tuesday, January 26th, 2021 Friday, February 12th, 2021
Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021 Friday, March 12th, 2021
Monday, March 23rd, 2021 Friday, April 9th, 2021
Tuesday, April 27th, 2021 Friday, May 14th, 2021
Tuesday, May 25th, 2021 Friday, June 11th, 2021

Veterinary Director


Animal Ethics Liaison