Carleton University ensures full compliance with all guidelines for the care and use of animals in research published by the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC). The use of live vertebrates in scientific research and in teaching at Carleton University, is regulated by The Animals for Research Act of Ontario and the Guidelines of the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC).

Before any research involving animals begins, it must be approved by Carleton’s Animal Care Committee (ACC), to ensure compliance with CCAC guidelines, including the three major principles of reduction, refinement, and replacement, collectively referred to as the Three Rs.

To help you navigate the protocol process, here are the various steps:

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5
Pedagogical or Scientific Merit Review Training Protocol Submission and Review Amendments, Yearly Renewal or Closure Post Approval Review
  • Teaching protocol requires pedagogical merit review by department head
  • Scientific merit review, if not already completed through the Office VPRI, before ACC review
  • CCAC Training Modules
  • Hands-on Training
  • Complete protocol form, submit through cuResearch for ACC review
  • Modifications to a protocol: submit an Amendment for Review
  • Annual renewals and final closures are required
  • ACC members will meet with PIs and reaseach lab members at least annually