Animal Care and Use Program Guide

The following quick-start guide provides a roadmap for animal research at UBC.

ACUP Quick-start Guide

Find out more about UBC's Animal Care and Use Program and what you need to begin your research project.

1. Funding Opportunities

The Office of Research Services (ORS) highlights many of the upcoming funding opportunities and deadlines.


2. Proposal Development

The SPARC Office, ORS and selected Grant Facilitators support strategic proposal development.

3. Contact the University Veterinarian

The University Veterinarian would like to understand your research plans and introduce you to the UBC Animal Care & Use Program, its facilities and services.

4. Obtain Access to SharePoint

You will be granted access to the ACUP SharePoint site for additional resources.

5. Choose Your Facility

Select the appropriate facility based on clinical veterinarian recommendations and meet your facility manager.

6. Meet Your Clinical Vet

Your Clinical Veterinarian can assist you with your animal care protocol development, model development, including appropriate procedures and recommended pharmaceuticals, and animal welfare.

7. Proposal Submission

Investigators applying for grant funding must follow specific procedures for collecting institutional signatures and submitting a proposal to a funding agency.

8. Obtain RISe Access

The RISe system allows the researcher to create, view, renew and amend protocols online.

9. Award Stage

Before you can access your funding, you must demonstrate that your research meets all legal, regulatory and ethical requirements.

10. Submit Biosafety Applications (If Needed)

Any activities conducted at UBC facilities or affiliated institutions that involve biohazardous materials must be reviewed and approved by the UBC Biosafety Committee prior to the start of the research project.

11. Submit Animal Care Protocol

Before any animals are ordered and/or any procedures are performed, you must submit an animal care protocol application to the Animal Care Committee through RISe.

12. Animal Care Protocol Approval

You will be notified by email when your animal care protocol is approved.

13. Research Account Opened

Once you receive approval from the Animal Care Committee, ORS will then open a research account on your behalf.

14. Training For You and Your Lab

All personnel who work with animals, including Principal Investigators, must have appropriate training prior to working with animals.

15. Controlled Drugs Application (If Needed)

You will need to apply for an exemption if you wish to use controlled drugs or narcotics for research purposes prior to ordering animals.

16. Order Animals and Pharmaceuticals

Once your animal care protocol is approved, you can then order animals.

Begin Your Research Project


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