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University Committee on Laboratory Animals

Dalhousie's animal ethics committee

The University Committee on Laboratory Animals (UCLA) is the animal ethics committe for Dalhousie’s Halifax campus, responsible for overseeing the care and use of all vertebrate animals on campus. The UCLA is composed of scientists, technicians, veterinarians, students and members of the public.

The UCLA reviews each proposal to use animals, and decides whether the project has valid scientific goals and whether it is ethical and humane. One of the main ethical principles that we use in evaluating research projects is the principle of the 3 Rs:

  • Replacement of animals whenever possible with alternatives such as computer models or cells
  • Reduction in the number of animals used
  • Refinement of techniques to make them as humane as possible

UCLA deadline dates for protocol submission can be found on the Animal Ethics website.

Terms of reference of the UCLA