VIU and Animal Care
Vancouver Island University is committed to the ethical and humane treatment of animals. As part of this commitment, the VIU Animal Care Committee (ACC) oversees all teaching and academic research activities that involve the use of vertebrates. The VIU ACC ensures all academic activities involving vertebrates are conducted in accordance with the guidelines set out by the Canadian Council of Animal Care (CCAC), the national agency that develops and maintains standards for the use and care of animals used in science in Canada. The CCAC conducts site assessments at VIU every three years to evaluate and assist with the improvement of the animal care facilities and the policies of the VIU Animal Care Committee. Vancouver Island University has held a CCAC “Certificate of Good Animal Practices” since 2002.
The Mandate of the VIU Animal Care Committee is to:
- Promote and ensure the ethical treatment of animals used in teaching and academic research at Vancouver Island University.
- Implement the institutional policy and procedures on Animal Care.
The primary purpose of this website is to assist faculty, researchers, and others in learning about the humane care and use of animals in teaching and research at VIU and to provide resources and support to those submitting an Animal Use Protocol (AUP) application to the VIU Animal Care Committee.