Advancing the Ethical Use and Care of Animals in Science
Enhancing Ethics and Animal Welfare in Canadian Science

The CCAC provides nationally and internationally-recognized standards and verifies their effective implementation in Canadian institutions.

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CCAC Strategic Plan 2015-2020
Introducing the CCAC's Vision for the Next Five Years

This plan is the product of considerable reflection and consultation with our stakeholders.

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CCAC training guidelines
New CCAC training guidelines are now available

The CCAC is pleased to announce the publication of the CCAC guidelines on: training of personnel working with animals in science.

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Three Rs
Promoting Alternatives to the Use of Animals in Science

The Three Rs tenet (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement) guides Canadian scientists on the ethical use of animals in science.

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Animal Care Committee
Delivering Our Mandate with the Help of 2,000 Canadian Volunteers

The CCAC works with animal health professionals, scientists, representatives of the public and other members of over 225 institutional animal care committees across the country.

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In Memoriam: Dr. Gilles Demers

Gilles Demers

It is with profound sadness that the CCAC announces the death of Dr. Gilles Demers. Gilles passed away near Montréal, QC, on August 10, 2016. Gilles had an outstanding career as a veterinarian, and worked for 22 years as an Assessment Director with the CCAC. He retired from the CCAC in 2015.

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September 19, 2016

The Design of Animal Experiments: Reducing the use of animals in research through better experimental design

The Second Edition of this publication on experimental design is now available. Revised by the original authors, Michael Festing et al., The Design of Animal Experiments is intended for all research scientists who use laboratory animals, with the aim of helping them to design their own experiments more effectively and/or to improve their ability to communicate with professional statisticians when necessary.

September 12, 2016

A Good Death?
Report of the Second Newcastle Meeting on Laboratory Animal Euthanasia

In 2013, the NC3Rs and Newcastle University co-hosted a workshop on the welfare implications of different euthanasia methods for mice, rats and zebrafish. The recently published report presents a summary of findings presented at the meeting, an overview of the current (2016) understanding of the welfare impact of various euthanasia methods, along with recommendations to help inform good practice.

August 29, 2016 revised Table of Validated and Accepted Alternative Methods

AltTox maintains a table of alternative methods similar to the CCAC Three Rs Microsite Alternative Test Methods Table. Both tables provide information about the alternative tests and whether regulatory agencies will accept data resulting from the use of these tests.

August 22, 2016

Head mask for cancer patients adapted as a refinement for primate research

A study published recently in the Journal of Neuroscience Methods describes a new Non-invasive Head Immobilization System (NHIS) as an alternative to surgery for macaque monkeys used in neurobiology research.

August 15, 2016

Animal models for CNS safety pharmacology under the spotlight

The pharmaceutical industry has been working to assess the relevance of rodent central nervous system (CNS) safety pharmacology studies in predicting what happens in first-in-human phase I studies. The findings published in Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology have important implications for reducing attrition in the drug development pipeline and in reducing animal use.

News Archive


Congrès de l’Ordre des médecins vétérinaires du Québec
October 20-22, 2016
Québec, QC

2017 Canadian Veterinary Medical Association Convention
July 13-16, 2017
Charlottetown, PE


APV Workshop
October 26-29, 2016
Charlotte, NC

AALAS 67th National Meeting
October 30–November 3, 2016
Charlotte, NC

2016 Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference
November 13-16, 2016
Anaheim, CA

Asian Congress 2016 on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Science
November 15-18, 2016
Karatsu, Saga, and Fukuoka, Japan

European Commission Scientific Conference: "Non-Animal Approaches - The Way Forward"
December 6-7, 2016
Brussels, Belgium

AAAS 2017 Annual Meeting
Serving Society Through Science Policy
February 16-20, 2017
Boston, MA

UFAW 2017 International Symposium. ‘Measuring animal welfare and applying scientific advances – Why is it still so difficult?’
Surrey, UK
June 27-29, 2017

Tenth World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences
The 3rs in Action
August 20-24, 2017
Seattle, WA