University of Saskatchewan

September 20, 2014   

University of Saskatchewan Animal Care and Use Program

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University Committee on Animal Care and Supply (UCACS)

The use of animals for research, teaching and testing is a privilege, one that comes with important responsibilities: to ensure that good science is done; to meet our ethical responsibilities for ensuring that every animal is treated humanely and not subjected to unnecessary pain or distress, and; to work within the accepted standards for experimental animal care and use.

When animals are used in science or other activities, the primary concern of the University is that discomfort to the animals be kept to a minimum, and that their care and use be in accordance with the Guidelines of the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC).

Canadian standards for experimental animal care and use are defined in the guidelines of the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC). The CCAC sets the standards through its guidelines and policies, and monitors compliance through its assessment program. The CCAC program is based on scientific peer review, policy making, and responsibility at the institutional level. For more information about the CCAC and its guidelines and policies, consult their website: The University of Saskatchewan holds the CCAC Certificate of Good Animal Practice, indicating that it is in compliance with the national standards set by the CCAC. The awarding of the Certificate of Good Animal Practice is based on results of the CCAC assessments.

The University of Saskatchewan also follows the University Policy on Care and Use of Animals in Research and the Tri-Council MOU - Schedule 3: Ethical Review of Research Involving Animals.   All research, teaching or testing that involves animal subjects or the use of animal tissue requires ethics review and approval by the Animal Research Ethics Board.

The ethics committee responsible for the Animal Care and Use Program is the University Committee on Animal Care and Supply (UCACS).   Administrative responsibility for the University's overall program of animal care and use, and operation of the UCACS, rests with the Vice President Research.  Ethics review, education and compliance functions at the U of S are largely managed through the VPR Research Ethics Office. 

Contact Information

For any questions with regards to the Animal Care and Use Program, please contact:

The Research Ethics Office is located in the National Research Council Plant Biotechnology Institute (NRC-PBI). 

Hours of Business
Monday to Friday
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Mailing Address:
Research Ethics Office
University of Saskatchewan
Box 5000 RPO University
Saskatoon, SK Canada S7N 4J8

The physical location of the office is:
1607 - 110 Gymnasium Place
NRC-PBI Building (map available)

Telephone: 306.966.4126
Facsimile: 306.966.2069