Research Involving Animals

Research Involving Animals

All research and teaching that involves the use of vertebrate animals must be reviewed and approved by the Brock University Animal Care Committee prior to the initiation of such research or instruction.

Please note: No work with animals can be started or animals obtained prior to approval of animal protocol by the Brock University Animal Care Committee. 

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Brock adheres to national standards for animal treatment

The Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) is the national peer review agency responsible for setting and maintaining standards for the ethical care of animals in science. At least every three years, the CCAC conducts assessments of organizations that fall under its auspices, including most Canadian universities. The CCAC has issued Brock a “GAP” (Good Animal Practice) certificate for compliance with CCAC’s guidelines and policies for animal care. (See for details on CCAC’s standards.)

The CCAC’s most recent assessment of Brock University’s practices and facilities took place in November 2012, with a resulting report released in February 2013. The CCAC assessment found that Brock’s Animal Care Committee (ACC) was adequately constituted and its terms of reference are appropriate for animals used in research (biology, psychology, kinesiology, community health sciences) and teaching (neuroscience, psychology, biology). This includes vertebrates used in research or teaching (rats, mice, fish, reptiles and amphibians). Invertebrates, such as insects, do not fall under the CCAC’s jurisdiction, but they are used in research and teaching at Brock.

The CCAC report also contained the following recommendations about Brock’s animal care program:

Recommendation: That the housing conditions for Xenopus frogs be made compliant with CCAC requirements.

Resolution: The housing system for the Xenopus frogs was re-designed and is now compliant with CCAC guidelines.

Recommendation: That veterinary and animal care technician time be increased to meet the demands of the animal care and use program.

Resolution: The University increased its animal care staffing. An animal care technician position and an animal care coordinator position were changed from part-time to full-time, and also a new animal care technician position was added.

Recommendation: That continuing education opportunities be made available to the animal care staff.

Resolution: The University paid for and continues to pay for continuing education opportunities for the two veterinarians, the animal care technician and the animal care coordinator.

Recommendation: That a complete animal user training program be developed and implemented as soon as possible.

Resolution: The University is developing a standardized training program for all faculty, staff and students working with animals.


Brock’s Animal Care Committee (ACC) oversees all matters involving animal care and use at Brock. Brock’s ACC reports to the Vice-President Research, as do two veterinarians and the University’s animal care staff.

Other animal use on campus

Brock University’s ACC also has the authority to oversee the use of animals on campus that do not fall under research and/or teaching. For example, the ACC will sometimes issue permits for those wanting to bring dogs onto campus to interact with students during exam time (i.e., for “dog therapy”).

Animal Care Committee
The Brock University Animal Care Committee (ACC) is established in compliance with the Ontario Animals for Research Act (1971), and also in response to the requirements of the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC).

Animal Care Committee Terms of Reference

(approved by the ACC on April 12, 2013)

PLEASE NOTE: For concerns to the Animal Care staff or others regarding animal-related incidents, please read this form.


Animal Care Committee Members:

Dayle Carlson, Animal Care Coordinator
T: 905-688-5550, x5820

Dr. Wendy Ward (Kinesiology/Health Sciences) - Chair
T: 905-688-5550, x3024

Tom Eles 
Animal Care Technician
Tel: 905 688-5550, x5912
Fax: 905-688-0748

Shawn Bukovac
Animal Care Technician
Tel: 905 688-5550, x6340
Fax: 905-688-0748