University of Saskatchewan

Aquatic Toxicology Research Facility

Potential Users

The Aquatic Toxicology Research Facility (ATRF) is accessible to both Canadian and International investigators through research partnerships with core members of the Toxicology Centre . The facility was designed to hold most freshwater aquatic species under many different experimental conditions. 

The ATRF was built on the expectation that it would become a self-sufficient facility that would generate revenue from facility users only to provide money for equipment maintenance and facility up-keep, not for profit.  Thus, a minimal user fee will be levied on each ATRF research project to meet this goal.  

 Prior to initiating a research project in the ATRF, all researchers must:

  • Have successfully completed UCACS Animal Care training
  • Have successfully completed or be registered for the necessary and appropriate safety training provided by the University of Saskatchewan Department of Health, Safety and Environment (http://www.usask.ca/dhse/trainingcourses/index.php).
  • Be listed on a valid Animal Use Protocol pertaining to a current ATRF project
  • Have received formal approval from the ATRF Management Committee after review of the project proposal.
  • Have discussed the approved location and set up of the project in the ATRF with the ATRF Manager.

  Prior to bringing animals into the ATRF, all animals must:

  • Have been approved by the Ministry of the Environment and a valid import permit been issued and a copy provided to the ATRF Manager.
  • Have been approved by the UCACS and are covered under a current Animal Use Protocol .
  • Have been approved by the ATRF Manager and/or ATRF Management Committee and be listed on a valid ATRF project or been added to a valid ATRF project with an ATRF Project Amendment form (link to form here).

  All personnel entering the ATRF must:

  • Have successfully completed UCACS Animal Care training
  • Have successfully completed or be registered for the necessary and appropriate safety training provided by the University of Saskatchewan Department of Health, Safety and Environment (http://www.usask.ca/dhse/trainingcourses/index.php).
  • Be listed on a valid Animal Use Protocol pertaining to a current ATRF project.
  • Be involved in an approved ATRF project.
  • Be known to the ATRF Manager and have been provided with a user-specific entry code by the ATRF Manager.