UBC releases report on research animals' care

August 31, 2012

On Friday the University of British Columbia released the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) assessment report on the institution's animal care and use program. UBC is the first Canadian university to release the results of a comprehensive CCAC inspection, a review conducted for research universities every 3 years. The report was based on a June 2010 visit to UBC's animal care facilities, which comply with CCAC guidelines and hold a CCAC Certificate of Good Animal Practice. The report makes recommendations and holds up UBC for "excellent progress in its animal care and use program," and for investing over $100 million to update existing animal care facilities and construct new ones. The institution has decommissioned outdated laboratories and completed new, centralized state-of-the-art facilities, enhanced systems for facility management, and added to its veterinary services. UBC Media Advisory