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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2015 CCAC National Workshop
CCAC National Workshop 2015

Join us on May 30 in Montréal for the CCAC National Workshop 2015!

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Training of personnel
New CCAC Training Guidelines Are Now Available

These new guidelines include recommendations for all those working with animals in science, empowering institutions to design training programs adapted to their specific needs.

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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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April 22, 2015

CCAC National Workshop – Only one week left to get the early bird rates!


National Workshop
Register before April 30, 2015 and take advantage of the early-bird rate of $285.00 + taxes.
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Hotel Reservations
Once you are registered, be sure to also reserve this special room rate of $189.00 + taxes before April 29, 2015.
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April 2, 2015

New CCAC Training Guidelines Are Now Available!

Training of Personnel Guidelines

The CCAC guidelines on: training of personnel working with animals in science are now available, replacing the previous CCAC guidelines on: institutional animal user training published in 1999.

This guidelines document provides a strong foundation for the training of all personnel working with animals in science, highlighting the importance of competency, knowledge and skills in ensuring high standards of ethics and animal welfare.

Make these guidelines part of your training program today!

March 19, 2015

The CCAC thanks Dr. Gilles Demers for 22 years of service and dedication

Gilles Demers

Though we are saddened to bid him farewell, we extend our warmest wishes to Dr. Gilles Demers on his retirement this spring, after a remarkable 22 year career at the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC).

Gilles continually advanced CCAC’s mandate by helping institutions and individuals across Canada ensure and improve the quality of their animal-based science programs. As Assessment Director, Gilles was renowned for his tailored approach, friendly nature and vast experience.

A tireless advocate for animal welfare in science, Gilles served as President of the International Council for Laboratory Animal Science (ICLAS) from 2003-2011, was recognized in 2013 as an ICLAS Honorary Member, and has received numerous national and international awards and accolades for his outstanding contributions to the field.

Over the last 22 years Gilles has played an invaluable role at the CCAC, and we sincerely honour him for enhancing the standards of animal ethics and welfare in Canada and throughout the world. Though we will miss him, we know that Gilles will enjoy his retirement to the fullest. We wish him luck, adventure and great happiness as he enters this new chapter!

News Archive


CCAC National Workshop 2015
May 30, 2015
Montréal, QC
Register by April 30 to get the early-bird rate!

CALAS 54th Annual Symposium
One World One Vision
May 30-June 2, 2015
Montréal, QC

2015 Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) – 67th Annual Convention
July 16-19, 2015
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2015 Biennial LAWTE Conference
June 11-12, 2015
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AALAS 66th National Meeting
November 1–5, 2015
Phoenix, AZ

2015 Social, Behavioral, and Educational Research (SBER) Conference
November 12, 2015
Boston, MA