Animal Care – RESEARCH

Guidelines for Researchers

BMSC is committed to the humane and ethical care and use of animals, and adheres to the principle that all research involving animals must be justifiable and have good scientific merit

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).

Animal Use Protocol (AUP) Application Process

A.  Apply for your permit(s):

1. Fisheries and Oceans Canada Collection Permit
–  Collection of Marine Animals
–  Apply 60 days prior to collection date.

2. Fisheries and Oceans Canada ITC Permit
– DFO Introduction and Transfers: When collecting any animals from outside of DFO management zone 23-7 that will be kept at BMSC.

3. BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Resource Management Operations (MFLNRO)
– Terrestrial and Freshwater Animals & Land Access

4. Parks Canada Research & Collection Permit
– Access to do research on and collection from Parks Canada lands.

5. Land Access Permits (if applicable):
Huu-ay-aht First Nations Heritage Investigation (Research) Permit Application

B. Submit your Animal Use Protocol (AUP) to the BMSC Animal Care Committee via the Coordinator of Animal Care

Please allow for a maximum of 60 days for AUP review.
Submission deadline for all AUPs: March 1st, May 1st, July 1st, and September 1st

  1. AUP form for Researchers – Vertebrates and Cephalopods
  2. AUP form, observations
    – For field observation of animals with minimal to no disruption.
  3. AUP form: External Collections Only
    – For collection and holding of any animals at BMSC which are destined for transport and use at a different institution.
  4. AUP Renewal Form
    – For renewal of multi-year research protocols.
    – Multi-year AUPs must be renewed every year of the proposed research.
  5.  AUP Amendment Form
    – For minor amendments to an already approved AUP. 

Tips for Completing Your AUP:

Caring for your animals:


All personnel working with vertebrates or cephalopods must have completed the required CCAC approved Part 1 and Part 2 Animal User Training that complies with or exceeds animal user training at their home institution. Proof of training must be submitted with your AUP.

All animal users at BMSC will be given an Animal Care orientation upon arrival and prior to any animal collections.

All animal users at BMSC must be trained by the Animal Care staff and approved by the Coordinator of Animal Care on the proper care of their animals.

Collections Reporting:

BMSC is required by the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (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.

See online form below.

Report your INVERTEBRATE collections here:

  • Research, Education, Display, Food, etc.
  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • decimal degrees
  • decimal degrees
  • FirstLastEmail 
  • Habitat Details

  • PhylumGenus, species, or next closest taxaLocationNumber of specimensFate ("return", "euthanize", "unknown") 
  • Once animals arrive at the BMSC, their care is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator 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 Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY

OR download this word document, complete, and return to the Animal Care Coordinator.