Carleton University Animal Care Committee usually meets every month to discuss and give approval to proposed research involving the use of animals at Carleton. The role and responsibilities of the ACC are clearly defined in the Terms of Reference

Animal Care Protocols, Amendments and Annual Reviews must be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to the meeting through cu Researcher Portal.

For first time applicants, or for new types of procedures, researchers are encouraged to meet with the consulting veterinarian or provide a draft protocol for review.

Submission Dates ACC meeting Dates 2024
Mon. Jan. 8 Thurs. Jan. 25
Thurs. Feb. 1 Thurs. Feb. 22
Thurs. Mar. 7 Thurs. Mar. 28
Thurs. April 4 Thurs. April 25

In order to use animals for research at Carleton, you must have an approved Animal Use Protocol in place.

The ACC may give conditional approval pending compliance with requested changes; final approval will be granted once provisos have been met or at the next scheduled ACC meeting.

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
  • Courses using animals require pedagogical merit review through the Scientific Committee on Academic Planning (SCAP), working with a reviewer knowledgeable about the 3Rs, before the Animal Care Committee (ACC) review.
  • Research using animals requires scientific merit review if there has not already been independent, expert peer review done. Scientific merit review is then done through the Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies), Faculty of Science, before the Animal Care Committee (ACC).
  • 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 research lab members at least annually