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Guidelines and Policies

Guidelines, Policies, and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), are formalized procedures that have been approved by the VIU Animal Care Committee (ACC) that are used to educate animal users at VIU on the currently approved techniques and practices. These procedures enable the VIU ACC to implement the institutional Animal Care Policy and Animal Care Procedures.

Animal users at VIU are expected to be familiar with all relevant VIU and CCAC Guidelines, Policies, and SOPs. Approved SOP's can be referred to within Animal User Protocol applications, thereby reducing the need to describe in detail procedures that are already recognized to be in accordance with Canadian Council on Animal Care guidelines. SOP's ensure consistency among projects in how the procedure is performed.



Standard Operating Procedures

The VIU Animal Care Committee is in the process of reviewing all SOPs. If there is a particular procedure for which you are interested in acquiring an SOP during this time, please contact the VIU Animal Care Committee via email at

Individuals are encouraged to contact the Animal Care Committee if they are considering writing an SOP to ensure the SOP is not already under development.

  • SOPs can be submitted for review at any one of the Committee's review meetings.