Queen’s University takes teaching and research involving animals very seriously, and would like to emphasize that our researchers, veterinarian and animal care technicians are all committed to humane animal care.
Queen’s is committed to ensuring that all animal care and use is conducted in accordance with the national standards set down by the Canadian Council for Animal Care (CCAC), the body which oversees ethical use of animals in science and publishes national statistics. In addition to CCAC, the use of animals in research is overseen by provincial legislation, administered by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, the Animals for Research Act. All proposed research projects involving animals are closely reviewed by ethics committees comprising research experts, licensed veterinarians and community representatives. The university also releases an annual report to the CCAC. Queen’s is committed to providing information where possible while also protecting the privacy of our researchers.
The university recognizes that this is often an emotional subject, but must take into account the significant outcomes and benefits of this research to all Canadians. Research involving animals has advanced fundamental knowledge of the world in which we live in and contributed to medical advances that benefit humans and animals alike. Queen’s is committed to humane care and developing research methods that reduce, refine and replace the use of animals whenever possible.
Universities are a place where this type of discussion and debate should be expected and encouraged. The use of animals for research, teaching and testing comes with important responsibilities and the university takes those responsibilities very seriously.