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. See the BACC Letter to Researchers (2019).

How to care for your animals:

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

RESEARCHERS – before you arrive (>60 days):

1. Apply for collection permits

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 at least 60 days prior to your arrival at BMSC (see below). Please refer to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) when creating your AUP (see SOP’s tab located directly above this section). No collecting or animal use may occur prior to the approval of this AUP. Principal Investigators are asked to sign off on their approved AUPs upon arrival at BMSC.

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

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.

Any personnel working with vertebrates or cephalopods in teaching and research at BMSC must have completed the required CCAC approved Animal User Training – Training of Personnel Part 1 (theory) and Part 2 (practical) that complies or exceeds animal user training policies at their home institution. Certification and documentation of training must be submitted to the ACC with your AUP. An on-line, five hour, course is available here: ‘Experimental Fish Animal User Training’.  This course covers certification for CCAC Part 1 Theory for fish and cephalopod users.


**Plan ahead!

Vertebrate – Allow 60 days for AUP review and approval. AUP submission deadlines are March 1, May 1, July 1, and September 1. AUP submission deadline for the summer season is May 1, 2019. 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 10 working days prior to the research start date.

Please contact the ACC at if you have any questions.

Animal Observation AUP: Field observation of animals (vertebrate or invertebrate) with minimal to no disruption (CCAC COI A/B – see description on form)

External Collections AUP: Collection and holding of any animal (vertebrate or invertebrate) at BMSC destined for transport and use at a different institution

After collecting your animals:

BMSC is required by the CCAC and DFO to submit reports of all animals used and collected in research and teaching. All researchers, students and other animal users must report their collections to BMSC via the BMSC Biodiversity Database.

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