Animal Care Committees (ACC) and submission deadlines

The use of animals in research, teaching or testing is a privilege that is extended when a justifiable need is established. All animal care and use must be reviewed and approved by the Animal Care Committees (ACC) prior to commencement. See applicable forms below.

ACC meeting and submission deadlines

2022-23 Bannatyne campus - Protocol submission deadline dates and meeting schedule

Pre-review of “C” and “D” category of invasiveness protocols will occur following submission. The veterinarian conducting the pre-review will be in contact with you. 

Protocol submission
deadline date
Meeting date
July 11, 2022 August 8, 2022
August 15, 2022 September 12, 2022
September 19, 2022 October 17, 2022
October 17, 2022 November 14, 2022
November 14, 2022 December 12, 2022
December 5, 2022 January 9, 2023
January 16, 2023 February 13, 2023
February 13, 2023 March 13, 2023
March 13, 2023 April 10, 2023
April 10, 2023 May 8, 2023
May 15, 2023 June 12, 2023
No meeting in July  
July 17, 2023 August 14, 2023

2022-23 Fort Garry campus - Protocol submission deadline dates and meeting schedule

Pre-review of “C” and “D” category of invasiveness protocols will occur following submission. The veterinarian conducting the pre-review will be in contact with you. 

Protocol submission
deadline date
Meeting date
July 28, 2022 August 25, 2022
August 25, 2022 September 22, 2022
September 29, 2022 October 27, 2022
October 27, 2022 November 24, 2022
November 24, 2022 December 22, 2022
January 2, 2023 January 26, 2023
January 26, 2023 February 23, 2023
February 23, 2023 March 23, 2023
March 30, 2023 April 27, 2023
April 27, 2023 May 25, 2023
May 25, 2023 June 22, 2023
No meeting in July  
July 27, 2023 August 24, 2023

Animal care forms

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Approval timelines

All protocols need to be reviewed by the Animal Care Committee (ACC). Please allow six to 8 weeks for the review process.

Pre-Review of protocols

Any protocols involving anesthesia/sedation/chemical restraint (Schedule 2), surgery (Schedule 3) or humane endpoints (Schedule 4) require pre-review by the applicable veterinarian. The protocol submission deadlines allow for sufficient time for the pre-review of the submitted protocol to take place.

Protocols being undertaken at the Bannatyne or Fort Garry campuses or at the Glenlea Research Station

Please provide an electronic copy of the entire protocol (including schedules, etc.) to tracy.vanosch@umanitoba.ca. Your submission will be routed to the assigned veterinarian who will contact you upon receipt and regarding any concerns or recommended changes to the protocol.

Protocols being undertaken at the St. Boniface Research Centre

Please provide an electronic copy to roburrell@sbrc.ca. Your schedules 2, 3 and 4 will be reviewed and you will be contacted regarding any concerns or recommended changes to these schedules.

Pre-review of Schedule 10

Please ensure that an electronic copy of the protocol and the Schedule 10 is submitted to the Animal Care Occupational Health Specialist (OHS) for pre-review as per the Protocol Submission Deadlines (see links above).

Fort Garry and Bannatyne OHS
Steven Cole
steven.cole@umanitoba.ca

St. Boniface Research Centre OHS
Mr. Taras Stecy
tstecy@sbrc.ca

Signatures on Schedule 10 are not required at the pre-review stage.

Renewal – short form and application for amendment

Animal protocol renewal – short form

The short form for annual renewal of approved protocols can be used for three years (three renewals). In the fourth year, the full protocol application form must be used. Renewals should be submitted five weeks prior to the protocol expiry date.

For example, if the protocol expires June 15, 2022, the renewal should be submitted no later than May 11, 2022. It normally takes three to five weeks to process a short form renewal.

Application for amendment to animal use protocol

Complete an Application for Amendment for review and approval if you:

  • have a change in personnel associated with a protocol
  • require a change in numbers of animals (or species) used, anesthetics, analgesics or other drugs or agents administered to animals
  • make minor changes in procedures from those given in the original protocol

Substantial changes or additions to procedures not reviewed in the existing protocol, or large changes in numbers or species of animals being used may require submission of a new protocol. You are free to consult the applicable ACC Chair or clinical veterinarians if you have questions as to whether an amendment or new submission is necessary. It normally takes two to four weeks to process an amendment.

You may not implement the changes until approval of the amendment is obtained.

For Bannatyne campus renewals and amendments

Please submit one signed copy of the renewal or amendment to:
Central Animal Care Services
cacs@umanitoba.ca

For St. Boniface Research Centre renewals and amendments

Please submit one signed copy of the renewal or amendment to:
R.O. Burrell Lab
roburrell@sbrc.ca

For Fort Garry campus renewals and amendments

Please submit one signed copy of the renewal or amendment to:
Animal Care
Charlene.Hennessey@umanitoba.ca

Compliance guidelines

Implementing and adhering to policies and guidelines on the proper care and use of animals in research, teaching or testing is an institutional responsibility shared by:

  • the administration (including central, faculty and departmental)
  • specially appointed committees
  • the director of animal care and use and veterinary services
  • animal facilities directors
  • faculty members, staff and students

UM policy and procedure on animal care and use

Visit Governance documents for animal care and use

Animal user training

The primary goal of the Education Program is to ensure that all personnel involved in the care and use of animals in research, teaching and testing at the University of Manitoba are adequately trained in the principles of laboratory animal science and the ethical use of animals, and that they have the necessary practical skills required to conduct sound, humane research using animals.

New animal users are encouraged to attend the Animal Care and Use, New Faculty Orientation offered every September. This virtual workshop is beneficial to recently hired, senior animal research personnel such as faculty members, post-docs, research associates and senior technical personnel who will be applying for funding, holding or writing animal care protocols or managing research projects utilizing animals. Watch for dates posted on the University of Manitoba’s event calendar.

The Animal User Training Program is divided into two components: the didactic and the hands-on wet lab training.

Didactic component

All personnel associated with any research program utilizing live or intact animals must complete the Animal User Training Course (often referred to as ethics training) online and be approved on an Animal Use Protocol before initiating any work involving animals. This includes summer students and other short-term workers.

Ethics training received from any Canadian institution assessed by the CCAC and holding a Good Animal Practice (GAP) certificate is considered equivalent to the UM training course on UM Learn. Individuals with this type of previous training can proceed to the Animal User Training Form for further direction.

Register for the Animal User Training Course

Students and personnel who do not have a UMnetID must submit a request for a sponsored account to autp@umanitoba.ca before registering for the course.  Please allow one week for the request to be processed.

Students and individuals with a UMnetID can self-register for the online course as follows:

1. Access UM Learn and select:

  • Support
  • Self-registration
  • Animal User Training Course 

2. Follow the steps to register.

3. Select and join the appropriate stream using the Group Tool.

4. Read the introduction.

5. A badge is earned immediately upon completion.  Within 24 hours of completing the course an email will be received from UM Learn requesting the Animal User Training Form to be submitted to autp@umanitoba.ca.

6. A certificate of completion and further direction with regards to additional training will be provided once the form is received.

Wet lab training sessions

Training programs provide participants with the necessary knowledge base and technical skills to carry out required procedures, and to promote quality science based on appropriate use of animals by skilled individuals.

To register personnel for applicable training sessions:

Please register at least one week in advance. A cancellation fee may be charged if notice is not received within 24 hours of the session. 

Training available upon request

  • Please submit the Wet lab registration form to request training for:
    • Swine
    • Bovine (dairy cattle)
    • Poultry
    • Fish
    • Guinea pig
    • Advanced Surgical Technique Wet Lab: Cannulations
  • Someone will be in contact with you once the form is received.

Course descriptions

Wet lab attendance is dependent upon the work being conducted. Sessions are assigned on an individual basis. Please review each description below for course details.

Mouse wet lab introduction

Instructor: Animal Health Technician

Session dates: Three times per month; see online training schedule

Session length: 3 hours

Who should attend: Students and researchers who need to work with one or more of the rodent species

Prerequisite: Animal User Training Course or equivalent, Facility Orientation

Training session objectives:

  1. Confidently and safely handle and restrain the species.
  2. Determine the sex of the species.
  3. To become familiar with the appearance of a normal, healthy animal and be able to recognize common signs of pain, distress, injury or illness.
  4. Understand how to apply individual methods of identification.
  5. Learn how to weigh the animal.
  6. Understand how to humanely euthanize a rodent and provide assurance of death.

Wet lab size: one to two people

Additional technical procedures taught as required.

Rat wet lab introduction

Instructor: Animal Health Technician

Session dates: Three times per month; see online training schedule

Session length: 3 hours

Who should attend: Students and researchers who need to work with one or more of the rodent species

Prerequisite: Animal User Training Course or equivalent, Facility Orientation

Training session objectives:

  1. Confidently and safely handle and restrain the species.
  2. Determine the sex of the species.
  3. To become familiar with the appearance of a normal, healthy animal and be able to recognize common signs of pain, distress, injury or illness.
  4. Understand how to apply individual methods of identification.
  5. Learn how to weigh the animal.
  6. Understand how to humanely euthanize a rodent and provide assurance of death.

Wet lab size: one to two people

Additional technical procedures taught as required.

Poultry wet lab

Instructor: Animal health technician

Session dates: As needed upon request

Session length: 2 hours

Who should attend: Students and researchers who need to work with chickens for their research project

Prerequisite: Animal User Training Course or equivalent

Training session objectives:

  1. Orientation to facility
  2. Learn how to safely pick up, handle and restrain chickens
  3. Understand different methods of identification
  4. Learn how to recognize common signs of pain, distress, injury or illness
  5. Learn how to weigh a chicken
  6. Learn how to obtain a blood sample (if required)
  7. Learn how to safely handle needles and syringes
  8. Learn how to perform an IM injection (if required)
  9. Learn how to properly transport chickens short distances
  10. Understand acceptable methods of euthanasia

Wet lab size: one to three people

Additional procedures will be taught as required.

Bovine wet lab

Instructor: Clinical veterinarian, agricultural attendant and/or animal health technician

Session dates: As needed upon request

Session length: 3 hours

Who should attend: Students and researchers who need to work with bovine for their research project.

Prerequisite: Animal User Training Course or equivalent

Training session objectives:

  1. Orientation to facility.
  2. Learn how to safely handle, move and restrain cattle.
  3. Learn how to use the squeeze chute and understand other restraint methods.
  4. Be familiar with different methods of identification in cattle.
  5. Learn how to recognize common signs of pain, distress, injury or illness.
  6. Learn how to obtain a blood sample (if required).
  7. Learn how to safely handle needles and syringes.
  8. Learn how to perform an IM injection (if required).
  9. Learn how to obtain a fecal sample.

Location: Glenlea Dairy Barn

Wet lab size: one to four people

Additional procedures may be taught as required.

Swine wet lab

Instructor: Animal Health Technician and Agricultural Attendant

Session dates: As needed upon request

Session length: 3 hours

Who should attend: Students and researchers who need to work with swine for their research project

Prerequisite: Animal User Training Course or equivalent

Training session objectives:

  1. Orientation to facility
  2. Learn how to safely handle, move and restrain swine
  3. Understand different methods of identification
  4. Learn how to recognize common signs of pain, distress, injury or illness
  5. Learn how to weigh a pig
  6. Learn how to obtain a blood sample (if required)
  7. Learn how to safely handle needles and syringes
  8. Learn how to perform an IM injection (if required)
  9. Understand issues to consider when transporting pigs

Location: T.K. Cheung Centre, Fort Garry Campus

Wet lab size: one to four people

Additional procedures will be taught as required.

Fish in research

Instructor: Clinical Veterinarian or Animal Health Technician

Session dates: As needed upon request

Session length: 3 hours

Who should attend: Students and researchers who need to work with fish for their research project

Prerequisite: Animal User Training Course: Fish or equivalent, Facility Orientation

Training session objectives:

  1. To introduce fish users to the aquatic holding facility.
  2. To provide users with information regarding proper fish acquisition and housing.
  3. To be able to recognize a sick fish.
  4. To understand the basic concepts for anesthetizing fish.
  5. To understand proper methods for tagging (if required).
  6. To understand correct methods for injections in fish (if required).
  7. To understand correct methods for blood collection in fish (if required).
  8. To understand proper methods of euthanasia.

Location: Z100 Duff Roblin Building

Wet lab size: one to four people

Anesthesia and Analgesia Wet Lab: Rodents

Instructor: Animal Health Technician

Session dates: Once a month, see online training schedule.

Session length: 4 hours

Who should attend: Students and researchers who will be responsible for anesthetizing and monitoring rodents for invasive procedures.

Prerequisite: Animal User Training Course or equivalent, Facility Orientation and the Introduction Wet Lab for the species being used.

Training session objectives:

  1. Become familiar with some of the common anesthetic agents and the primary concerns associated with anesthesia.
  2. Become familiar with rodent anesthetic machines, their parts, proper connections and settings.
  3. Learn how to operate a rodent anesthetic machine and deliver an inhalant anesthetic to an animal.
  4. Learn how to do a drug dose calculation and administer an injectable anesthetic.
  5. Recognize the four planes of anesthesia.
  6. Understand and be able to apply proper anesthetic monitoring.
  7. Understand the advantages and disadvantages associated with the more commonly used anesthetics.
  8. Understand the importance of pain management and how to recognize signs of pain and distress.
  9. Understand proper anesthetic recovery procedures.
  10. Be able to perform SQ injection to deliver an analgesic.

Web lab size: 1 to 2 people

Gas Anesthesia Wet Lab: Rodents

Instructor: Animal Health Technician

Session dates: Once a month, see online training schedule.

Session length: 3 hours

Who should attend: Students and researchers who will be responsible for anesthetizing rodents for short non-invasive procedures.

Prerequisite: Animal User Training Course or equivalent, Facility Orientation and the Introduction Wet Lab for the species being used.

Training session objectives:

  1. Become familiar with rodent anesthetic machines, their parts, proper connections and settings.
  2. Learn how to operate a rodent anesthetic machine and deliver an inhalant anesthetic to an animal.
  3. Recognize the four stages or planes of anesthesia.
  4. Understand how to properly assess depth of anesthesia and apply basic anesthetic monitoring methods for short non-invasive procedures.
  5. Understand proper gas anesthetic recovery procedures.

Web lab size: 1 to 2 people

Intro to Surgery and Post-Op Care Wet Lab (Part 1)

Instructor: Animal Health Technician

Session dates: Once a month, see online training schedule.

Session length: 6 hours

Who should attend: Students and researchers who will be responsible for or participating in survival surgeries on rodents or rabbits.

Prerequisite: Animal User Training Course or equivalent, Facility Orientation, an Introduction Wet Lab for the species being used and the Anesthesia and Analgesia Wet Lab: Rodents.

Training session objectives:

  1. Learn how to prepare yourself as a surgeon.
  2. Learn how to prepare the patient for surgery.
  3. Learn how to prepare packs for the autoclave.
  4. Learn basic instrumentation and suturing.
  5. Understand the importance of sterile technique and be able to maintain a sterile field during the surgery.
  6. Perform a rat nephrectomy and apply basic surgical skills.
    • Make an incision
    • Perform blunt dissection
    • Gentle tissue handling
    • Maintain tissue hydration
    • Maintain hemostasis
    • Close an incision
  7. Learn how to conduct yourself as a non-sterile assistant and apply anesthetic monitoring skills.
  8. Administer appropriate post-operative care.

Rooms required: Operating room

Web lab size: one to two people

Physical Methods of Euthanasia Wet Lab: Rodents

Instructor: Animal Health Technician

Session dates: Once a month

Session length: 2 hours with follow up as required

Who should attend: Students and researchers who need to learn how to perform a physical method of euthanasia on a rodent for their research project.

Prerequisite: Animal User Training Course or equivalent, Facility Orientation, Rat or Mouse Wet Lab: Introduction

Training session objectives:

  1. Learn how to identify the emotional impact that physical methods of euthanasia may have on personnel.
  2. Learn how to indicate the need for justification for use at the time of protocol submission.
  3. Learn how to perform the physical method of euthanasia as required in the approved Animal Use Protocol.

Wet lab size: 1 person

Advanced Surgical Technique Wet Lab: Cannulations

Instructor: Animal Health Technician

Session dates: Available upon request

Session length: 5 hours

Who should attend: Students and researchers who need to learn how to perform a jugular or carotid artery cannulation for their research project.

Prerequisite: Animal User Training Course or equivalent, Facility Orientation, Introduction to Surgery and Post-operative Care Wet Lab.

Training session objectives:

  1. Learn how to correctly place a catheter in the jugular vein and/or the carotid artery
  2. Identify the importance for using aseptic technique
  3. Demonstrate how to exteriorize an indwelling catheter (if required)
  4. Learn concepts relating to catheter maintenance and catheter obstruction
  5. Correctly perform a cannulation on a rat

Web lab size: 1 pesron

Aseptic Stereotactic Surgery in Rodents Wet Lab

Location and time Dates

Central Animal Care
Basic Medical Sciences Building, Room 023
Bannatyne Campus

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

 

November 9, 2022

February 8, 2023

March 8, 2023

 

Endpoints, Monitoring and Record Keeping

Location and time Dates

Virtual via Microsoft Teams

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

November 4, 2022

January 13, 2023

February 10, 2023

March 7, 2023

 

Training for wildlife users

Investigators conducting wildlife research work with so many different species and employ such a diverse array of techniques, that a singular course presenting aspects of animal ethics and care pertinent to all such investigations cannot be developed.

Principal Investigators (PIs) are responsible, however, for ensuring that all personnel involved in such work are aware of potential health risks to themselves, and are intimately familiar with both the general principles surrounding the ethical use of animals in research (outlined in the Canadian Council on Animal Care – Guide to the Care and Use of Experimental Animals, and presented via mandatory completion online of the UM Animal User Training Course in the ethical use of animals in research), and also those sundry matters that arise in the context of conducting research on their particular study species or study system.

Process overview

A synopsis should be developed and given a name by the Principal Investigator to address all pertinent training issues as outlined in the Animal Care and Use Guidelines for Investigations Involving Field Research on Wildlife. 

The synopsis is to be submitted to the appropriate ACC to represent the PI-Directed component of the UM Short Course on the Care and Use of Experimental Animals for approval. The corresponding Animal Use Protocol (AUP) will not receive approval until the PI-directed Training Synopsis is approved.

As an indication of their understanding, the certification of delivery page of the document will be signed and dated by all personnel involved in the study and the Principal Investigator once the training in the field is complete. Copies of the signed Certification of Delivery page are forwarded to the Laboratory Animal Training Coordinator so that participation in these training exercises can be recorded in the LATC training database.

Review the PI-directed wildlife training document for full details. It includes:

Also provided is an example of a PI-Directed wildlife training synopsis.  

  • Synopsis of PI-directed wildlife training for electroshock fishing, department of biological sciences

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