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."  

Protocol Submission Dates:

To ensure the timely review of ACC protocols (new, renewal and amendment), please ensure that all relevant documents are submitted to accinfo@yorku.ca and CC Julie Panakos (jpanakos@yorku.ca) at least two weeks prior to the scheduled ACC meeting as follows:

ACC Meeting Date Protocol Submission Required
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 Friday, January 3, 2020
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 Friday, February 7, 2020
Thursday, March 19, 2020 Friday, February 28, 2020
Thursday, April 30, 2020 Friday, April 10, 2020
Thursday, May 21, 2020 Friday, May 1, 2020

Please note: Protocols received after the required submission date will be held for review at the next scheduled ACC meeting.

Should you have any questions, please contact: accinfo@yorku.ca or ext. 44040.

More information on policies and procedures, as well as forms & documents, is available for the York University community on the YULink website.