Research Involving Animals

All research involving animals is governed by provincial legislation (Animals for Research Act and national Guidelines (Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC)).  

The Animal Care Committee (ACC)at York University has jurisdiction over all research involving animals conducted – on and off campus - by York University faculty, staff and/or students. It is the ACC's mandate to ensure that all research involving animals is conducted in a manner consistent with the guidelines of the CCAC and relevant regulations/legislation. It is the policy of the University that researchers intending to conduct research involving animals and/or use animals for teaching purposes must submit the appropriate protocol and obtain approval of said protocol by the ACC before animals can be ordered or a grant application endorsed by the University. Appropriate training and education is required by all researchers - student, faculty, and staff - in order to conduct research involving animals.

The University's animal care practices are monitored on an institutional level by both the relevant provincial Ministry and the CCAC.

A consulting veterinarian conducts regular visits of the animal care facilities to inspect conditions and provide necessary care.

"It is the policy of the University that researchers intending to use animals for research or teaching purposes must obtain approval by the Animal Care Committee before animals can be ordered or a grant application endorsed by the University. It is the Committee's mandate to ensure that research on animals is conducted in a manner consistent with the guidelines of the Canadian Council on Animals and relevant provincial regulations/legislation."