Animal Health Unit

The Animal Health Unit (AHU) supports involving animals in science or teaching at the University of Calgary.
With the help of the University Veterinarians, the AHU offers training to those working with animals, creates standard operating procedures (SOPs) relating to animal welfare, and offers administrative help to researchers with animal use protocols.

Animal User Training

Read more or register for the Institutional Animal User Training Program (IAUTP).

Go to Animal User Training

SOPs & Policies

Find PDF versions of the SOPs and policies related to working with animals at UCalgary.

Go to SOPs & Policies


The online system that manages all human ethics and animal care protocols for UCalgary.

Go to IRISS page


Find information on the process of obtaining a controlled substance exemption for research purposes at UCalgary.

Go to Exemptions page


Find PDFs regarding animal ordering/pricing, strain lists, controlled substance forms, consent forms, and more.

Go to Resources


Learn the latest news that relates to working with animals at UCalgary.

Go to News page

Animal Resource Centres

Read more about the three research facilities that work with animals.

Go to ARC page

Animal Care Committees

Institutions conducting animal based research, teaching, or testing requires the formation of an animal care committee. Read more on our committees page.

Go to Committees page

Questions? Please e-mail all questions, inquiries, or comments to

Lab User

Protected Disclosure and Research Integrity Office

If at any time you are asked to do something outside of your animal use protocol, or need protected disclosure for any reason, please refer to the Protected Disclosure and Research Integrity Office (PDRIO).

PRDIO Website