Animal Care – EDUCATION

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.

How to care for your animals:

Find the distribution of organisms, and more:

FACULTY – before your first field trip:

1. If you are using invertebrates (excluding cephalopods) you do not need to submit any forms. Please let Animal Care know if your activities are not covered on the general DFO permit we send you. Animal Care will provide an orientation in the first few days of classes regarding collection, care, return, and documentation of invertebrates that your course collects.

2. Vertebrate or Cephalopod AUP: If you are using vertebrates or cephalopods, you must complete and submit the Animal Use Protocol (AUP) forms by the deadline (see below) 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. AUP form and Pedagogical Merit Form, and submit to the Animal Care Coordinator. Allow 60 days for AUP review and approval.

Any Instructor or TA 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.

3. Animal Observation AUP: Field observation of animals with minimal to no disruption (CCAC COI A/B). If you plan to observe vertebrates in studies you must submit Animal Use Protocol (AUP) forms for animal observation. Possible examples: observational studies in which there is some disturbance to the animals but not to the point that the same individuals are repeatedly observed so as to habituate or otherwise modify their behavior; census or other surveys which disturb animals but which do not involve capture or marking individuals. Allow 60 days for AUP review and approval.

4. Freshwater or Terrestrial Vertebrates, and non-tidal waters Crustaceans and Molluscs AUP:  AUP and Pedagogical Merit forms must be submitted directly to the Animal Care Coordinator. Along with the Animal Use Protocol (AUP) forms and Pedagocical Merit form listed above, you must complete an application for BC, Ministry of FLNRORD permits. Allow 90 days for AUP review and approval.


Please contact the ACC at if you have any questions.

STUDENTS – before you start your research project:

Most student research projects must complete an amendment to the course AUP.  All projects involving animals (vertebrates or invertebrates) must be approved by the ACC before collections begin. Speak to your instructor, TA or UP coordinator for guidelines on how to accomplish this.

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

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.


Collection Details

*Required field

*Purpose (Research, Education, Display, Food, etc.)
*Date of collection
*Site of collection
Latitude, decimal degrees N
Longitude, decimal degrees W
*Course Instructor
*Collector, Full name
*Collector, email

Habitat Details

Provide details if 'Other'

Species Collected

(Genus, species or next closest taxa)
*if different from above
Total # collected Fate
(return, euthanized, unknown)

Once animals arrive on station, their care is the responsibility of the Course Instructor and their associates unless assistance of BMSC staff is needed and requested.
Consult BMSC SOPs for acceptable methods of care.

Animals euthanized with chemicals must not be returned to the environment.
Please contact Animal Care for details on how to dispose of these animals.

*Date of submission

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