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 Annual Report 2015-2016
The CCAC Annual Report 2015-2016 Is Now Available

This report captures the CCAC’s key achievements and activities, which ensure the highest standards of ethics and care for animals in science in Canada.

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CCAC National Workshop 2017
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CCAC National Workshop
Saturday, June 3, 2017
The Delta Bessborough Hotel

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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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December 19, 2016

Score Sheets and Postoperative Analgesia

This month’s edition of Laboratory Animals (Volume 50, Issue 6, December 2016) features a special edition: Score Sheets and Postoperative Analgesia, with guest editors Huw Golledge and Paula Jirkoff.

December 13, 2016

New Definition for Major Recommendations

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The CCAC policy: Recommendations made in CCAC assessment reports has been revised to include a new definition for the term “Major Recommendation”. When used in assessment reports, “Major” now refers solely to immediate and significant threats to animal health or welfare found during a CCAC visit.

The CCAC has also developed an accompanying document, the Frequently Asked Questions: Recommendations made in CCAC assessment reports, to help institutions effectively implement this policy.

November 23, 2016

Final call for papers:
Measuring animal welfare and applying scientific advances - Why is it still so difficult?

Submissions should feature the title of the proposed presentation, the nature of the presentation – talk or poster, and the name and full contact details of all contributors. Abstracts must be in English and should be no longer than 400 words. Full details on formatting these can be found on the UFAW website.

Deadline for submission of abstracts is November 30, 2016.

Further details on this meeting can be found on the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare website or on the UFAW Facebook page.

November 16, 2016

Animal Models for Microbiome Research: Advancing Basic and Translational Science

Join the ILAR Roundtable for a free two-day workshop on December 19-20, 2016 to examine animal models of microbiome research. Invited speakers will discuss challenges of standardization and biological variability in using gnotobiotic model organisms, examine the translatability of preclinical studies to humans, identify alternative model organisms that can be used in microbiome research, and discuss strategies for expanding the infrastructure and tools for conducting studies in these types of models. Click here to view the final agenda, including speakers and topics. This workshop will be held at 500 5th Street NW, Washington, DC and will be freely available via webcast. We invite you to join us in person or via webcast.

Please register to attend today!

News Archive


CCAC National Workshop 2017
June 3, 2017
Saskatoon, SK

CALAS 56th Annual Symposium
June 8-11, 2017
Calgary, AB

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


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?
June 27-29, 2017
Surrey, UK

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