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

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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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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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October 7, 2016

Join Us in Saskatoon for the
CCAC National Workshop 2017!

Hotel Delta Bessborough

All those with an interest in the ethical use and care of animals in science are invited to join us in Saskatoon for the CCAC National Workshop on Saturday, June 3, 2017.

In collaboration with the University of Saskatchewan and with the FRAME Training School in Experimental Design (to be held from May 31 to June 2, 2017), this event will be the perfect opportunity for learning and networking.

Be sure to mark June 3, 2017 in your calendars, and stay tuned for more information coming in early 2017!

September 26, 2016

Efficient Breeding of Genetically Engineered Animals.

The Home Office, responsible for overseeing animal-based research in the UK has developed an Assessment Framework to assist institutions consider how best to manage efficient breeding of genetically-engineered animals.

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.

News Archive


CCAC National Workshop 2017
June 3, 2017
Saskatoon, SK

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