About Certification

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For the purpose of the CCAC’s mandate, an animal is a non-human vertebrate or a cephalopod. An animal is used in science if it is an essential component of a research, teaching, testing project, or program. This applies whether the animal is the subject of science (e.g., wildlife or farm animal studies), or is supporting science, either directly (e.g., animal model of disease or of a biological process, animals used in clinical trials) or indirectly (e.g., breeding colonies, sentinel animals, animals used for training, animals used as food for other animals).