The UACC is committed to the highest standards of animal welfare by providing
leadership and support for the animal care and use program at Queen's University.
The University Animal Care Committee (UACC) is a Principal's committee that reports to the Vice-Principal Research.
The UACC is mandated by the Animals for Research Act (ARA) which is administered by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC). The UACC is responsible for the review of all protocols proposing the use of animals in research, teaching, or testing at or in direct affiliation with Queen's University.
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.
All research and teaching involving the use of animals performed at Queen's University or carried out by Queen's University personnel (even at another institution such as during a sabbatical) requires prior approval of the University Animal Care Committee (UACC). This means that prior approval is required for all research or teaching procedures carried out by Queen's University personnel on animals that are:
- housed in Queen's University facilities
- housed in private facilities
- collected in the wild
- held in academic facilities other than those of Queen's University