During normal operations, the Biosecurity Protocol applies. During times of outbreak or pandemic, access to research stations may be restricted to essential personnel.

The Biosecurity Protocol applies to every person visiting a research station animal facility managed by the University of Guelph’s Office of Research through the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance, including all researchers, students, contractors and visitors.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Enhanced Biosecurity Protocol

There are important, temporary changes to the biosecurity protocol for animal facilities managed by the Office of Research in consideration of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The present risk necessitates modifications to our biosecurity protocol to protect staff and ensure continuity of animal welfare and care.

As the COVID-19 outbreak evolves, this guidance may change. Please visit this page regularly and see the University of Guelph's COVID-19 page for updates, FAQs and resources.

The following Temporary Enhanced Biosecurity Protocol applies to all animal facilities managed by the Office of Research (complete list found here) and are in addition to the existing Biosecurity Protocol for Animal Facilities. 

Temporary Enhanced Biosecurity Protocol

To assist in efforts to slow the rate of COVID-19 transmission in the University of Guelph community and across Ontario, the Office of Research is following the University of Guelph's recommendations regarding travel, self-isolation and social distancing. This guidance builds on a March 4, 2020 memorandum from Dr. Malcolm Campbell, Vice-President (Research) and further March 11, 2020 update.

1. Staff, students and researchers who have travelled outside of Canada must self-monitor for symptoms and self-isolate for 14 days, in keeping with the Government of Canada’s directive. All staff, students, researchers and essential visitors* must be in Canada for at least 14 days and be free from symptoms of illness prior to entering an animal facility.

More information is available on the Government of Canada’s web site.

*Essential visitor is defined as any person with necessary and time-sensitive business at an animal research facility, such as contractors, technicians, and government officials.

2. No tours of animal or livestock facilities will be given until further notice.


Facilities Where the Enhanced Biosecurity Protocol applies:

The enhanced biosecurity protocol applies to the following facilities (in alphabetical order):

  • Alma Aquaculture Research Station
  • Arkell Research Station (swine, poultry and equine facilities)
  • Central Animal Facility
  • New Liskeard Beef Research Facility
  • Ontario Beef Research Centre (Elora Research Station)
  • Ontario Dairy Research Centre (Elora Research Station)
  • Ponsonby General Animal Facility
  • Ponsonby Sheep Facility
  • Research Isolation Unit

General Biosecurity Protocol

This protocol applies to every person visiting a research station animal facility managed by the University of Guelph’s Office of Research, including all researchers, students, contractors and visitors.

Diseases can spread from animals to people, from people to animals and from people to people. The following rules are in place to protect the health of visitors, staff and animals during periods of normal operation. During times of pandemic, animal facilities will be closed to all visitors and non-essential personnel. Station access may also be restricted during species-specific disease outbreaks.

All visitors must:

  1. Be registered to visit the research station. Please contact the research station outreach coordinator to register (
  2. Wear clean clothes and footwear that are free from dirt and manure, not worn in day-to-day farm operations, and not worn at other animal facilities.
  3. Abide by facility-specific protocols, such as wearing/providing personal protective equipment or showering before entering a facility (contact the research station outreach coordinator for specific requirements).
  4. Wear close-toed shoes and boot covers when in the animal housing portion of the facility.
  5. Wash hands or use hand sanitizer before leaving the facility.

For individuals who have travelled within the past two weeks

All researchers, students, contractors and visitors must be in Canada for at least five days* before they can enter an animal facility. This requirement also applies to Canadian residents who have recently travelled.

*Individuals who have travelled to an area that is actively quarantined for a species-specific disease (such as Foot-and-Mouth Disease or African swine fever) must have been in the country for at least 14 days. Visitors may be required to provide proof of itinerary prior to entry.

If you’re sick, stay home

Help keep our staff and visitors healthy. Please do not visit an animal facility if you are experiencing clinical signs of illness, such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, or muscle or body aches.


Research Station Outreach Coordinator

*Facilities include: Ontario Beef Research Centre; Ontario Dairy Research Centre; Arkell Research Station (swine, poultry and equine facilities); Ponsonby Research Station (general animal facility and sheep facility); New Liskeard (beef cattle facility).