The Animal Care Committee

The VIU Animal Care Committee is a Presidential Committee that reports to the VP Academic. The Committee was first formed in 2000 to help VIU fulfil its commitment to Animal Care.

Individuals who use animals for teaching and research as well as those who do not are represented on the Committee. The Committee consists of VIU faculty, technicians, employees, students, and community members and also has a veterinarian as one of its member. Committee membership requirements are stipulated in VIU's Procedure on the Animal Care Committee and is accordance with the guidelines set out by the Canadian Council on Animal Care.

Deadlines for Submissions

The Animal Care Committee meets throughout the year to review Animal Use Protocol (AUP) Applications, and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). All new projects, including course-based projects, must also be reviewed by VIU's Merit Review Committee. Therefore, applications must be received by the submission date.  

AUP renewal events need to submitted 10 business days before renewal date. If the AUP is not continuing, a final report event must be submitted. 

All AUP applications, SOPs, and related events must be submitted through the ROMEO research portal.

Fall 2020 submission deadlines:

Submission Deadline  Review Meeting Date

August 13, 2020

September 3, 2020

September 10, 2020

October 1, 2020

October 15, 2020

November 5, 2020

November 12, 2020

December 3, 2020

Animal Care and Use at VIU

The approach at Vancouver Island University has always been to treat animals in our care humanely and to use the minimum numbers of animals to achieve necessary teaching and research goals.  A presidential committee, the Animal Care Committee was formed in 2000 as a reflection of our commitment to ensure the practice of humane treatment and use of animals.  The successful application in 2000 for Certification of Good Animal Practice from the Canadian Council on Animal Care represented not a philosophical change for the institution, but rather an updating and alignment of our practices to bring us in compliance with current animal care practices.  VIU continues to make this compliance an important, and necessary, part of our planning.

Vancouver Island University requires all departments involved in the care and use of animals for teaching or research to follow the guidelines of the presidentially convened Animal Care Committee and to submit appropriate protocols for approval.  The committee approves applications when they are assured that the care of and procedures involving the animals will be ethically acceptable.

Vancouver Island University is involved in animal husbandry in the Fisheries & Aquaculture department, which includes the Centre for Shellfish Research and the new International Centre for Sturgeon Studies established in 2011.  Fish are reared and kept for instructional and research use. The Fisheries and Aquaculture Department programming focusses on training students in the proper care and rearing of aquatic animals.  A large proportion of people who raise and care for fish in British Columbia will have received at least part of their training from this department.  Vancouver Island University's high standards of animal care ensures students entering the workforce are familiar with the most humane methods of rearing fish in captivity.