Welcome to the Animal Care Web Page

The purpose of this site is to provide general information on the Animal Care and Use Program at Trent University.  If your questions are not answered here please contact the Office of Research for further information.

Trent’s Animal Care and Use Program is governed by the Animal Care Committee.  This is a Vice-Presidential committee made up of faculty, staff and students, a community member and a veterinarian.  The committee has the  responsibility of ensuring that all research and teaching work with vertebrates meets or exceeds the minimum legislated requirements.  The committee meets regularly to review animal use applications and proposals.  The Animal Care and Use Program at Trent University follows the standards  and guidelines established by the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) and the provincial Animals for Research Act. We aim for high standards in animal welfare and research iintegrity.

The CCAC is the federally funded organization charged with ensuring that institutions that use animals in research are meeting “best practices”  for animal use, care and husbandry.  The CCAC is funded through the “Tri-council” research granting agencies which are NSERC, SSHRC and CHIR.  The CCAC produces guidelines and recommendations for the care of animals on a regular basis and inspects all institutions on a three year rotating basis.  Trent University is in full compliance with the CCAC guidelines.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development monitors and inspects provincial animal care units at universities on a regular basis to ensure compliance with the Animals for Research Act and its associated regulations.  The university is required to report animal usage to both the Ministry and the CCAC on an annual basis.  The university is in compliance with Animals for Research Act.