Animal Services Units

The Canadian Council on Animal Care stipulates that animal facilities must meet certain basic functional criteria in order to be in compliance with the spirit and intent of the CCAC. There are three animal services units at the University of Alberta that deliver all of the services noted below. Animal use protocols are submitted to the ACUC associated with the facility that will house their animals.

CCAC direction is provided to Animal Services Units with respect to matters such as:

  • veterinary oversight;
  • animal housing and husbandry;
  • animal acquisition, transportation and quarantine;
  • staff training;
  • biohazard, occupational, radiation and chemical safety;
  • development of SOPs etc.

For assistance in these areas, please contact the facilities directly.


Facility Animal Housing, Support & Training* Contact
Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science Animal Service (AFNSAS) Predominantly research, teaching and testing involving poultry, swine and ruminants Website
Science Animal Support Services (SASS) Predominantly research, teaching and testing involving xenopus, birds, fish, and wildlife
Phone: 780.492.5358
Health Sciences Laboratory Animal Services (HSLAS) Predominantly research, teaching and testing involving laboratory animals (mostly rodents)
Phone: 780.492.3040
Fax: 780.492.7083

* Research methodology (animal model, required veterinary expertise, etc.) is the main determinant of the facility. ACUC review will be conducted by the committee associated with the Animal Service Unit required for a given Animal Use Protocol.


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