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Overseeing Animal Research at UBC

Animal research at UBC is overseen at multiple levels.

Funding Agencies

In order to receive funding from granting agencies, such as the Tri-Agency in Canada (NSERC/CIHR/SSHRC) projects are reviewed in a competitive environment by a panel of experts to determine the scientific merit of the proposed project and its methodology.

UBC Animal Care Committee

The UBC Animal Care Committee (ACC) is mandated to safeguard the welfare of animals involved in research and teaching at UBC and at all affiliated locations. The Committee is responsible for ensuring that all UBC animal researchers conform to the mandatory guidelines of the Canadian Council on Animal Care.

The ACC, reports to the Vice-President, Research & Innovation Office, and its membership includes representatives from the general public and from a number of UBC departments that may or may not involve animals in research.

Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC)

The CCAC is the national body responsible for setting, maintaining and overseeing the implementation of high standards for animal ethics and care in science throughout Canada. All users on animals must complete CCAC training, and the CCAC monitors and inspects UBC animal care facilities on a regular ongoing basis.

Post-Approval Monitoring

Once approved by the ACC, research protocols are subject to annual reviews by the ACC, as well as routine audits through the post-approval monitoring program. A Continuing Review team which includes a full-time veterinarian is assigned to monitor and continuously review the progress of research protocols and care of animals, as part of UBC’s post-approval monitoring program.

UBC Veterinarians

UBC veterinary staff regularly visits all UBC animal research facilities to observe and advise on animal research conduct, advise on administering anesthetics and analgesics (painkillers) and are available for animal care including 24-seven emergency services.

Six veterinarians are involved in the care of UBC animals

Animal Welfare Laws

UBC must comply with provincial and federal Cruelty to Animals legislation and may be investigated by the relevant enforcement agencies.

Animal Welfare Concerns

The University is committed to, and has mechanisms to monitor, compliance with approved animal care protocols.  Anyone with a specific animal welfare concern should contact the University Veterinarian, or the Animal Care Committee.

First Nations land acknowledegement

UBC VPRI acknowledges that the UBC Point Grey campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm.

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