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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August 17, 2016

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.

Your sympathy can be expressed in a donation to the Canadian Diabetes Association. All those wishing to celebrate his life are welcome to join his family for the service on Saturday, September 10, 2016, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., held at Salon funéraire Demers, 651, Laurier Blvd, McMasterville (Québec) J3G 0K5.

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August 10, 2016

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Review the CCAC Guidelines on Air Quality

Review the draft

Help advance high standards for animal ethics and care in Canadian science by providing your comments on the CCAC guidelines on: air quality of laboratory animal facilities by August 31, 2016.

May 30, 2016

New Policy on Pedagogical Merit of Animal-based Teaching and Training

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The new CCAC policy statement on: pedagogical merit of live animal-based teaching and training outlines the importance of a formal pedagogical merit review process in every CCAC-certified institution conducting animal-based teaching or training.

News Archive


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


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

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