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.
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 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.
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 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.
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. Allow 60 days for AUP review and approval. AUP submission deadlines are March 1, May 1, July 1, and September 1. Invertebrate AUPs should be submitted no later than 30 days prior to the research start date.
AUP and Pedagogical Merit forms must be submitted directly to the Animal Care Coordinator.
AUP forms are currently being updated and will be updated on the website in December 2019. Please contact the ACC at email@example.com if you have any questions.
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 (SOP’s are found in the tab directly above).
After collecing 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.
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.
Guidelines: How to care for your animals
…or download this pdf, complete, and return to the Animal Care Coordinator