Animals in Science

Animals in Science
Animals in Science

University Animal Care Committee

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 any facilities other than those of Queen's University

Our Objectives

  1. To ensure that the use of animals at Queen's University in research, teaching or testing meets or exceeds the standards of animal welfare established by the Animals for Research Act (Ontario), and the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC).
  2. To teach and promote the ethical use and management of animals in research, teaching and testing by providing training opportunities to personnel engaged in the care and research of animals.
  3. To encourage good communication between animal users and the UACC, and to work with investigators and instructors to create a research and teaching environment that promotes animal welfare.
  4. To work with the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) to ensure that all animal care facilities at Queen's University meet or exceed the standards of care set by agency guidelines and legislation, and to report accurate numbers of animals used in research and teaching to these agencies.

Terms of Reference for the UACC June 2016 (PDF 60 KB)

Pedagogical Merit of Teaching Protocols

It is the responsibility of the 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.

Policy on Pedagogical Merit of Teaching Protocols (PDF 219 KB)

Ensuring Scientific Merit of UACC Protocols

Research protocols submitted for approval must indicate whether the project has been peer-reviewed for scientific merit. 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.

Policy on Ensuring Scientific Merit of UACC Protocols (PDF 118 KB)

Animal User Training

The Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) stipulates that it is the responsibility of the 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 they proceed with the protocol. 

Policy on Animal User Training (PDF 288 KB)

More UACC Policies and Procedures

Meeting Schedule

All New Submission and Full Resubmission protocols should be submitted in Topaz Elements at least 2 weeks prior to the UACC meeting date unless otherwise stated. Please ensure you submit well in advance of requiring your approval.

All level A-D Renewal and Amendment applications are reviewed in Topaz Elements as they are received. Please ensure you submit well in advance of requiring your approval.

Please contact the UACC Coordinator if there are any questions or concerns regarding the submission deadlines at extension 78805 or uacc@queensu.ca

More about Topaz

UACC Meeting Dates New and Full Resubmission Protocol Deadlines
May 23, 2019 May 9, 2019
June 20, 2019 June 6, 2019
July 25, 2019 July 11, 2019
No meeting in August No meeting in August
September 19, 2019 September 5, 2019
October 24, 2019 October 10, 2019
November 18, 2019 November 4, 2019
December 16, 2019 December 2, 2019

 

Membership

Committee member names are not publicly posted. As per the Terms of Reference, the membership consists of:

  • 1 chairperson, appointed by the Principal on the advice of the Vice-Principal, Research
  • 1 ex-officio UACC Coordinator, provided by the Vice Principal, Research
  • 4 members of the Faculty of Health Sciences, elected by the Faculty Board and supporting a range of research fields and models
  • 2 (at least) members from the Faculty of Arts and Science, including one from the Department of Psychology and one from the Department of Biology, selected by the respective department heads
  • 4 members -at-large and/or representatives of other faculties, groups, or Institutions as may be appointed by the Principal on the advice of the Vice-Principal, Research. At least one shall be an institutional non-animal user.
  • 1 (at least) shall be a member of the community having no conflicting affiliation with the university and who is not involved in animal use for research, teaching or testing thus compromising their role.
  • 1 member representing technical staff (an animal care technician, or animal research technician).
  • 4 (at least) ex-officio members consisting of the Director of Veterinary Services; the Director of Environmental Health & Safety (or delegate); and a representative of the Vice-Principal, Research; and at least one animal facility manager.
  • 1 (at least) graduate student appointed in consultation with the Graduate Student Society

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