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Research Involving Animals

Under the Ontario Animals for Research Act, the Canadian Council of Animal Care Guidelines for the Care and Use of Experimental Animals, and Laurier’s Policy 11.5 Use of Animals in Research, Testing and Teaching, all researchers who will be conducting research, testing or teaching projects at Laurier involving the use of animals must obtain approval of the university's Animal Care Committee (ACC) before research can begin.

There must be an approved protocol for all procedures involving the use of vertebrate and certain invertebrate (in particular octopi and squid) animals in research by faculty members, graduate and undergraduate students, research associates, and all other personnel regardless of source of funding. Researchers are responsible for ensuring amendment requests are submitted to the ACC for approval prior to implementing any amendments.

While animal tissue use does not normally require ACC approval (unless the tissue is being collected from an active animal research protocol), researchers using animal tissue should nonetheless inform the ACC of any animal tissue work.

Protocols for non-faculty members must be submitted under the name of the senior faculty member supervising the project.

Any animal research or teaching project administered by the university that is to be conducted in the field or in a facility not owned by Laurier must be covered by an approved protocol.

No experiment may be carried out until approval has been obtained.

Contact Courtney Lunt, Research Compliance Officer, at or 519.884.0710 x3131 to for more information.