Ethics in Animal Research & Teaching

What is the intent of this overview?

To provide details about the Animal Ethics & Compliance Unit (AECU) at the University of Toronto (U of T) including information and resources regarding requirements for the use of animals in research and teaching.

Why are there ethics requirements?

The use of animals for research or teaching at U of T is subject to ethical and legal requirements under the Animals for Research Act and the Canadian Council on Animal Care. These regulations ensure proper care and welfare of all animals used in research or teaching.

What do I need before I can begin?

An approved U of T Animal Use Protocol (AUP) and completion of all relevant training.

Canadian Regulations

For detailed information on provincial and federal regulations governing animals in research and teaching, please see Animal Research & Teaching: Rules & Regulations.

Forms & Downloads


  • Administer the AECP at the University

VPRI Contact


General Inquiries: Animal Ethics & Compliance Unit

Research Oversight & Compliance Office (ROCO)
(416) 978-2798


David Hanwell

University Veterinarian and Director, Animal Ethics and Compliance
Research Oversight & Compliance Office (ROCO)
(416) 978-6423