All animal care and use is reviewed and approved by the uOttawa Animal Care Committee (ACC), which includes community representatives, veterinarians, animal health technicians, scientists, students and administrators (see ).
Research laboratories and Animal Care and Veterinary Service facilities are inspected by the Animal Care Committee, by a veterinary inspector in accordance with the Animals for Research Act and by the Canadian Council on Animal Care.
The ACC also develops and approves relevant policies and procedures, and monitors ongoing work. The ACC works with all concerned, including the uOttawa senior administration to ensure that high standards are maintained at all levels.
Before the Animal Care Committee (ACC) approves animal use:
- the research for which animals are to be used must have been found to have scientific merit
- the teaching for which animals are to be used must have been found to have pedagogical merit
The ACC approves all animal use for research or teaching following reviews of:
- full, new protocols for new instances of animal use
- amendments to existing protocols as needed
- annual renewals of all ongoing protocols (a new protocol is required after 3 renewals)
- reviews and approves the vast majority of protocols during
- delegates the approval of minor amendments to protocols to the Office of Animal Ethics & Compliance
- allows for executive approval of certain protocols (including review and approval by the ACC Chair or a delegate, a veterinarian, a community representative and the Director of Animal Ethics & Compliance), but this is exceptional and is only done where urgent considerations warrant it – please contact Marie Bédard