In a similar fashion to dealing with human subjects, BAU also has principles and procedures that govern all the experimentation that deal with animal subjects to ensure that animal care and handling in research are performed in accordance with the regulations and guidelines set by BAU.
The IRB at BAU has adopted the Institutional Animal Care and Use Guidelines to ensure the safety and welfare of experimental animals used for research and to ensure that the experiments will be performed to safeguard the rights, safety and wellbeing of the animal subjects. BAU’s IRB ensures the full review and evaluation of all ethical aspects of the research proposals it receives, before they are carried out to make sure they follow ethical guidelines.
The use of animals in research is acceptable only if it promises to contribute to understanding of fundamental biological principles, or to the development of knowledge that can reasonably be expected to benefit humans or animals. Animals should be used only if the researcher's best efforts to find an alternative have failed. Individuals using animals should employ the most humane methods on the smallest number of appropriate animals required to obtain valid information.
The following guidelines and principles are to be applied in conjunction with the Animal Welfare Act and Canadian Council on Animal Care's (CCAC) Guide to the Care and Use of Experimental Animals: