Animal Care Committee
The UFV Animal Care Committee (ACC) is responsible for ensuring good animal practice for animals used in research, testing or teaching projects and programs. The ACC is guided and certified by the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) and its mission statement:
"The purpose of the Canadian Council on Animal Care is to act in the interests of the people of Canada to ensure through programs of education, assessment and persuasion that the use of animals, where necessary, for research, teaching and testing employs optimal physical and psychological care according to acceptable scientific standards, and to promote an increased level of knowledge, awareness and sensitivity to relevant ethical principles."
All research or teaching that involves animals must be reviewed and approved through the University of the Fraser Valley`s Animal Care Committee before animals are brought on campus or the project begins.
UFV holds a current Certificate of Good Animal Practice. Maintaining this certificate is an ongoing process involving rigourous assessment visits every three years. https://www.ccac.ca/en/certification/certification-process/
The mandate of the UFV Animal Care Committee is outlined in the the Canadian Council on Animal Care's Terms of Reference for Animal Care Committees.
The CCAC's Guide to the Care and Use of Experimental Animals Ethics of Animal Investigation statement notes:
The use of animals in research, teaching, and testing is acceptable only if it promises to contribute to understanding of fundamental biological principles, or to the development of knowledge that can reasonably be expected to benefit humans or animals.
Animals should be used only if the researcher's best efforts to find an alternative have failed. A continuing sharing of knowledge, review of the literature, and adherence to the Russell-Burch '3R' tenet of 'Replacement, Reduction and Refinement' are also requisites. Those using animals should employ the most humane methods on the smallest number of appropriate animals required to obtain valid information.
Researchers and instructors are to demonstrate the application of the 3R's in every protocol through scientific or pedagogical merit review.