Animal Care

Guidelines for Faculty, TAs and Students

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.

Any Instructor or TA working with vertebrates must have an ‘animal user training’ certification. An on-line, five hour, course is available here: ‘Experimental Fish Animal User Training’.  This course covers certification for research on all vertebrates and cephalopods.

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

FACULTY – before your first field trip:

1. Animal Use Protocol (AUP) forms must be submitted one month prior to the start of your course.  No collecting or animal use may occur prior to the approval of this AUP. Course instructors are asked to sign off on their approved AUPs upon arrival at BMSC.

2. If you are using vertebrates or cephalopods, you must also complete the AUP form and Pedagogical Merit Form, and submit to the Animal Care Coordinator before May 1.

AUP and Pedagogical Merit forms must be submitted directly to the Animal Care Coordinator.

STUDENTS – before you start your research project:

Most student research projects must complete an amendment to the course AUP. Submit your amendment electronically to your TA, who will then forward them to the animal care committee (ACC).
Amendments must be approved by the ACC before collecting any animals

Refer to Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) for details of species husbandry.

After collecing your animals:

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

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.

Field collection methods:

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