Animal Care Committee

Lethbridge College is committed to providing humane treatment and care of animals in accordance with the standards and principles established by the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC). These standards and principles apply to all uses of animals in teaching, testing and research. As such, Lethbridge College has established an Animal Care Committee (ACC), which oversees the College’s animal programs, facilities and procedures.

Lethbridge College policy requires that all animal users submit a protocol form to the Animal Care Committee for review and approval. This must be submitted and approved:

  • before any animal use in teaching, testing, or research begins
  • before the release of funds, in the case of funded research, and
  • before any animals are acquired, held, or used

ACC Responsibility

The Lethbridge College Animal Care Committee has the responsibility to ensure:

  • That no animal care protocols move forward without prior approval by the ACC.
  • All animal users complete and submit the appropriate protocol form.
  • That each project is found to have scientific merit through independent peer review.
  • Review and assessment of all animal use protocols.
  • That all modifications to approved protocols are documented and approved before they are implemented.
  • Adequate care of animals in all stages of life, and ensure veterinary assistance in case of sickness, injury and elective procedures.
  • Regular site visits are undertaken.
  • All on-going protocols are reviewed annually, and any modifications to a protocol are approved before they are implemented.
  • All ACC discussions and decisions are documented and attached to the protocol.
  • There is an appropriate appeal process in place.
  • All ACC members and animal users have access to the CCAC guidelines.
  • The establishment and implementation of procedures commensurate with current veterinary standards.
  • The institution's efforts in promoting animal welfare and to allay some of the public concerns regarding animal experimentation.

ACC Authority

The Lethbridge College Animal Care Committee has the authority to:

  • Approve, decline, or request modifications to animal use in teaching, testing, or research.
  • Stop any objectionable procedure.
  • Stop, immediately, any use of animals which deviates from the approved use.
  • Have an animal killed humanely if deemed necessary.

Applications and Information

Applications must receive Animal Care Committee approval before any work begins. In order to be presented to the committee for review, applications must be received in full. 

Please contact the Animal Care Committee Coordinator with any questions or concerns about Animal Care applications.  All ACC forms are available in the forms directory.

The next quarterly meeting is Nov 26 from 1-2:30 in CE1305.


Research Operations Coordinator
Phone: 403-320-3202, ext. 5787 Fax: 403-394-7370