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St. Francis Xavier University Animal Care


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Welcome to the St. Francis Xavier University Animal Care Site


All information pertaining to the use of animals at X can be found here. We run a small sized facility and mostly deal with marine invertebrates. We are governed by the guidelines of the Canadian Council on Animal Care.


NOTICE:  Please note that as of January 1st, 2011 all users intending to use invertebrates in research or teaching in J. Bruce Brown will have to complete the new invertebrate form and submit it to the Senior Animal Care Technician on the same deadlines as all other forms (due September 30th).  This new reporting form is for protocols with a Category of Invasiveness Level A ONLY.  If your protocol requires a different category of invasiveness then you will have to complete the normal animal use protocol form.


NOTICE:  Please note that as of September 30th, 2010  all Principal Investigators will have to complete their animal user training certification (regardless of their level of involvement in animal handling) in order to receive animal use protocol approval.


NOTICE:  Please note the deadline for resubmission or finalization of protocols has changed.  Users now must resubmit or finalize (make minor changes and get signatures) a protocol within 2 weeks from the date they were notified of the animal care committee's decision.


The St. Francis Xavier University Animal Care and Use Program is currently certified by the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) are as being in accordance with standards of GAP - Good Animal Practice.  The program is overseen by the university's Academic Vice-President, Dr. Leslie MacLaren and is comprised of an animal care facility, animal care staff, researchers, professors, instructors and the institutional animal care committee. 


The Senior Animal and Plant Care Technician, Jen vandenHeuvel, with the help of an Animal Care Technician and student assistant, attends to all animal and facility needs and monitors animal use according to university policies as defined by the St. FX Animal Care Committee (ACC) and the Canadian Council of Animal Care (CCAC).  These policies promote responsible use of animals in research and teaching as well as the concepts of Replacement, Reduction and Refinement (or the Three Rs) that are widely accepted ethical principles and which are now embedded in the conduct of animal-based science in Canada, as recommended by the CCAC.  


The St. Francis Xavier Animal Care and Use Program can be reached via


E Mail:


Senior Animal and Plant Care Technician:







J. Bruce Brown 121c


Animal Care

c/o Jen vandenHeuvel

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000
Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada
B2G 2W5




Last updated September 2014