Animal Ethics

Research Office

UACC Amendment Guidelines - January, 2013 (PDF)

University Animal Care Committee (UACC) Policies and Procedures

Policies and procedures that must be followed by all University of Winnipeg faculty and student researchers conducting research using vertebrate animal subjects.


All animal users must use the WebGrants application forms for new submissions.

Schedules 1-15 ~ (also available in WebGrants)

    • Schedule 1:  Surgery (Surgical procedures schedule) (DOC)
    • Schedule 2:  Distress/Disease/Pain (For procedures involving pain or stress other than short-term pain or post-surgical pain) (DOC)
    • Schedule 3:  Restraint (For procedures involving conscious animals other than for examination, injection or other minor procedure) (DOC)
    • Schedule 4:  Feed/Water/Nutrient Deprivation (For procedures involving feed, water or nutrient deprivation other than pre-surgical fasting) (DOC)
    • Schedule 5:  Behavioral Experiments (for Behavioral Experiments) (DOC)
    • Schedule 6:  Environmental Manipulation (For experiments involving environmental manipulation, such as photoperiod, temperature, gas concentrations in air or water, environmental toxins, etc) (DOC)
    • Schedule 7:  Teaching (For Teaching Projects) (DOC)
    • Schedule 8:  Potential Hazards (For projects involving potential hazards [biohazards, hazardous chemicals, radiation, etc])
        • Schedule 8 - Main (DOC)
        • Schedule 8 - B1 (DOC)
        • Schedule 8 - B2 (DOC)
        • Schedule 8 - B3 (DOC)
    • Schedule 9:  Field Study (For field studies) (DOC)
    • Schedule 10:  Minor Procedures (For minor procedures, such as injection, blood collection, biopsies, non-surgical catheterization, etc) (DOC)
    • Schedule 11:  Transgenic/Mutant/Knockout Animals (For projects using transgenic, mutant or knockout animals) (DOC)
    • Schedule 12:  Outside Facilities (For projects being done at animal facilities NOT part of the University of Winnipeg, such as commercial farms, government labs, zoos, or other universities) (DOC)
    • Schedule 13:  Animals Used for Breeding (For animals not used for research, but kept as breeding stock) (DOC)
    • Schedule 14:  Euthanasia (For projects involving euthanasia methods) (DOC)
    • Schedule 15:  Category A (For projects on purely observational studies of unrestrained vertebrates) (DOC)
  • Animal Protocol Renewal - Short Form (DOC)   (Available until January 3, 2017)
  • Application for Amendment to Animal Use Protocol (DOC)   (Available until January 3, 2017)
  • Scientific Merit Peer Review Form (DOC)
  • CCAC Purpose of Animal Use Categories and Summary of CCAC Categories of Invasiveness (DOC)
  • UACC Review Form for Pedagogical Merit for Use of Animal in Teaching (DOC)
  • Adverse Event/Unanticipated Event Notification Form (DOC)

List of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) (PDF)

As per the revised UACC Policies and Procedures, SOPs are now required for all procedures included in the application submission. Currently, our SOPs are undergoing review, but we have included the List of SOPs for your reference. Once the SOPs are approved we will ensure that SOP binders are available in the animal complexes. Where an SOP is not available, the researcher will need to create a new one and include it with the submission.

Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC)

Provides detailed description of requirements for all animal-based research.  Faculty and students intending to conduct animal-based research must provide descriptions of how their research meets the CCAC requirements as part of their applications.

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The deadline for protocol submissions to be considered at each meeting of the UACC is the first Monday of the month in which the meeting is to take place.  This allows sufficient time for distribution of copies and for committee members to read proposals. Submissions received after a deadline, but before the associated meeting, will not be reviewed until the subsequent meeting. To avoid delays, please ensure that your submission is complete and all ethical issues have been addressed fully.

For student applications, 2 COPIES, including the original with all necessary signatures and one electronic copy of the completed Application to Use Vertebrate Animals for Research or Teaching, must reach the Research Office by 4:00 p.m. on the deadline date in order to be reviewed at the scheduled meeting.

Faculty applications must be submitted through WebGrants by 4:00 pm on the deadline date in order to be reviewed at the next scheduled meeting.