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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Marine Mammals
Discover the CCAC Guidelines on Marine Mammals

These guidelines support all those involved with the use of marine mammals for science to ensure high standards of care.

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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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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!

March 17, 2015

CCAC National Workshop 2015: Registration Is Now Open


Join us in Montréal on May 30 for the CCAC National Workshop 2015, held in conjunction with the CALAS Symposium and the ICLAS General Assembly.

The CCAC has prepared for you a compelling day of important and engaging discussions, carefully designed for all those involved with ethics and welfare in animal-based science.

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