Animal Care

Guidelines for Researchers

BMSC is committed to the humane and ethical care and use of animals and adheres to the principle that in order for animal use to be justifiable in scientific research and teaching, the research must have a reasonable expectation of providing a benefit to the health and welfare of humans or animals, or of advancing knowledge.

BMSC complies with Canadian Council on Animal Care Guidelines and Policies and with the Russell-Burch tenet of, “reduction, replacement and refinement”.

The BMSC Animal Care Committee (ACC) ensures that all animal users are informed of and comply with institutional animal care and use policies.

Find the distribution of organisms, submit your collection records, and more:

RESEARCHERS – before you arrive:

1. Apply for a collection permit from DFO.

2. Animal Utilization Proposal (AUP) forms must be submitted to the Animal Care Coordinator and approved by the Animal Care Committee (ACC). As the ACC meets infrequently, it is necessary to submit your AUP’s well in advance of your arrival at BMSC (see below).

3. If applicable, land access permits must be obtained from the Huu-ay-aht First Nation and Ministry of Environment.

Animal Use Proposals (AUPs):

Researchers are welcome to seek advice from the Research Coordinator or the Animal Care Coordinator concerning their AUPs before submission to Animal Care.

AUP’s must be submitted directly to the Animal Care Coordinator.

Researchers are required to sign off on their approved AUPs upon arrival at BMSC.

**Plan ahead!

Vertebrate AUP submission deadline for the summer season is May 15, 2018. We will do our best to manage late submissions, however we cannot guarantee approval in time for your research start date.

Invertebrate AUPs should be submitted no later than 7 working days prior to the research start date.


AUP for animal use external to BMSC (collection of animals through BMSC for transport to your home institution).

After collecting your animals:

BMSC is required by DFO to submit a report of all animals collected for research use, therefore all researchers and students must report their collections to BMSC.

…or download this pdf, complete, and return to the Animal Care Coordinator

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

SOPs provide a detailed description of commonly used procedures. SOPs offer investigators an alternative to writing detailed protocol forms. Any deviation from the approved procedures must be clearly described and justified in the Animal Utilization Proprosal (AUP) form.

The following SOPs (PDF’s) are for some of the most common field collections. We would welcome any additional input to these procedures.