All personnel working with animals in teaching and research at UBC and affiliated institutions are required to complete the CCAC Experimental Animal User Training Program.
The Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) is the Canadian regulatory body overseeing animal based research at Universities in Canada. The CCAC guidelines on training of personnel working with animals in science forms the foundation for the training, supervision, and attainment of competence for all personnel involved in the care and use of animals in science.
The CCAC experimental animal user training streams below provide basic theoretical training on the ethical use and care of animals. These CCAC training templates are not substitutes for standard operating procedures and in no way do they comprise stand-alone training for persons wishing to work responsibly with animals. The training streams below are supplemented with detailed theoretical and hands-on training provided by the institution for laboratory rodents and other species.
CCAC experimental animal user training streams:
Laboratory Rodent Users
Intended for investigators working with rats, mice, guinea pigs, and gerbils.
Farm Animal Users
Intended for investigators working with cattle, pigs, sheep, and poultry.
Intended for investigators working with wild, captive, freshwater, or saltwater species.
Intended for investigators working with wild, captive, or bred in captivity avian species.
Other Animal Users
For investigators working with non-conventional species.
For more information or to inquire about the Experimental Animal User Training Program.
The experimental animal user training streams follow the CCAC's National Institutional Animal User Training program. All animal users must be listed on an approved protocol. Certificates of completion of online training are issued by the Animal Care Committee and are transferable between most Canadian post-secondary institutions.
The experimental animal user training materials are available for access at no cost from the CCAC website. Certificates of completion for online training are available for UBC staff, students, and members of UBC affiliated institutions whose research or teaching involves animals. Upon passing the CCAC Online Ethics Exam(s), your UBC RISe profile will be updated within two weeks to include the certificate of completion. For UBC staff, students, and members of UBC affiliated research institutions, this certificate is provided at no cost. For all other users, a $100.00 certification fee applies per certification.