Animal Care Services

The re-organization of the university’s animal regulatory compliance unit has been completed (Aug 2015). The next few months will be a transitional time during which new staff will be recruited, hired and trained. Some delays in service are inevitable but we will endeavour to keep them to a minimum. We thank everyone in advance for their patience during this time and especially the ACS staff for their commitment to delivering courteous and professional service throughout this period of change.

The new structure of Animal Care Services (ACS) aims to:

  • improve services in the Animal Utilization Protocol (AUP) application and the Animal Care Committee (ACC) approval process
  • enhance training and support to researchers
  • broaden overall veterinary services to the research community
  • strengthen post-approval review and refinement

ACS leadership, service, and support will be provided by eight staff members:

  • Veterinary Director, ACS (Dr. Marcus Litman) oversees the Animal Ethics and Compliance administration, the veterinary program, and the services to researchers working with laboratory rodents, companion animals, and fish.
  • Director, Training and Education, ACS (Dr. Anna Bolinder) oversees the training program, the post-approval monitoring program, and the services to researchers working with livestock animals, horses, and wildlife.
  • Clinical Veterinarian, ACS (Dr. Lena Levison) provides services to researchers, facility veterinarians and facility managers, and contributes as part of the training and education program.
  • Training Coordinator ACS (TBD) administers, develops, and implements the training program for all personnel working with animals.
  • Program Manager, ACS (Sascha Tuuha), leads and operates the Animal Ethics & Compliance subunit, overseeing the university’s animal use and care program. 
  • Animal Ethics Coordinator  ACS (Deepa Menon) manages the AUP administrative intake and review, and the Animal Care Committee.
  • Compliance Coordinator ACS (Jennifer Frayne) facilitates the ACC and Animals for Research inspections, the CCAC assessments, and the process for standard operating procedures in the animal facilities.
  • Post-Approval Monitoring (PAM) Coordinator (TBD) oversees quality assurance in post-approval outcomes, and assists and trains at the facility level in all phases of research.

We look forward to a fully staffed ACS, ready to deliver prompt, efficient and excellent service to the University animal user community in the near future.

 

Animal Care Services (ACS) assists researchers and educators in ensuring that the highest standards in humane care and treatment of all living animals involved in science, teaching and public university events are met. As the university’s animal regulatory compliance unit, ACS provides service, support and leadership in several areas.

  1. ACS ensures that our ethical responsibilities towards the animals are met through adherence to the University of Guelph Animal Care Policy and Procedures, the provincial legislation and regulations of the Animals for Research Act, and the national guidelines and policies of the Canadian Council on Animal Care.
  2. ACS supports the institutional ethical review committee, the Animal Care Committee, which carries the formal responsibility of overseeing all animal use and care at the institution, and which has the authority to make decisions on all activities involving live animal use.
  3. ACS manages all Animal Utilization Protocols, formal applications to use animals in science, teaching and public events within the institution. ACS also manages facility inspections and accreditations, aspects of animal procurement, conditioning, husbandry, and veterinary care for the main campus, affiliated research stations, and regional campuses.
  4. ACS is committed to provide an Animal User Training Program to ensure that all personnel interacting with animals are well trained and qualified. This educational program promotes a university wide culture and understanding of ethical conduct of research and teaching when live animals are involved.