The University Animal Care Committee (UACC) reports to the Vice Principal (Research). The UACC is committed to the highest standards of animal welfare by providing leadership and support for the animal care program at Queen's University.
The UACC is mandated by the Animals for Research Act (ARA) - administered by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food/Ministry of Rural Affairs - and the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC), and is responsible for the review and approval of all protocols proposing the use of animals in research, teaching, or testing at Queen's.
The role of the Committee is to ensure that the welfare of the animals is a prime consideration in their procurement, care and use and that the highest ethical standards, as defined by the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC), are observed. The responsibility and authority of the UACC is further detailed in the Terms of Reference as well as Policies and Procedures of the University Animal Care Committee.
It is the responsibility of the University Animal Care Committee (UACC) to ensure that no teaching program (including field studies) involving vertebrate animals be commenced and that no animals be acquired or used without prior approval of an animal use protocol. The animal use protocol must include an indication of whether the course has been reviewed with respect to the pedagogical merit of using live animals.
Research protocols submitted for approval must indicate whether the project has been peer-reviewed. Where the applicant confirms that an independent peer review has not been undertaken, arrangements for arm's length peer-review must be made and the review successfully completed before the protocol is approved by the UACC.
The Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) stipulates that it is the responsibility of the University Animal Care Committee (UACC) to ensure that all animal users receive adequate training prior to handling animals, and that a system be maintained to allow for the easy tracking of training records for each animal user. In particular, the UACC must ensure that all personnel listed on an animal use protocol have received the appropriate training before the protocol is undertaken.