Virtual Tour of Animal Care Facilities at UBC

UBC has invested more than $100 million in building new state-of-the-art animal care facilities while upgrading existing ones. Many of the new and upgraded facilities provide care and housing above and beyond standards currently required by the Canadian Council for Animal Care.

The virtual tours below represent different types of environments in our animal care facilities – training, imaging, surgery and housing. Click on a thumbnail to take the tour, which also includes additional information on how veterinarians and staff care for research animals.

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Training and certification

All personnel involved in animal research must complete training. UBC trains 800-1,000 students, researchers and staff a year and has one of the most advanced training facilities in Canada. Trained personnel are certified and retrained regularly.

Non-invasive imaging

Imaging reduces the need for invasive procedures. UBC’s SPEC/PET/CT scanner is one of the most advanced small animal imaging equipment in Canada.

Surgical suites

UBC’s animal care facility has one of the most advanced surgical suites in Canada with two identical operating rooms. Surgical procedures must be reviewed and approved with a pain management plan and veterinary oversight.

Outdoor small animal housing

UBC provides welfare-friendly animal housing above and beyond Canadian Council for Animal Care requirements. Research rabbits are housed socially with access to both indoor and outdoor facilities.

Indoor small animal housing

In addition to access to natural light and outdoor areas, research rabbits at UBC are also provided with shelter, hiding places and environmental enrichments to encourage natural burrowing behaviours.

Outdoor large animal housing

UBC provides unique housing above and beyond CCAC minimum requirements for large animals such as geese. They are housed socially with access to natural light and environmental enrichments.

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