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 Facts & Figures

The new document, CCAC Facts & Figures provides information on the CCAC, the number of animals in science, and animal ethics and care in research, testing, and teaching in Canada.

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CCAC Annual Report 2015-2016
The CCAC Annual Report 2015-2016 Is Now Available

This report captures the CCAC’s key achievements and activities, which ensure the highest standards of ethics and care for animals in science in Canada.

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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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June 27, 2017

Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animal Methods to Open at the University of Windsor

The University of Windsor has announced the creation of the Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animal Methods (CCAAM), which “aims to develop, validate, and promote methodologies in biomedical research, education, and chemical toxicity testing that do not require the use of animals.” Faculty members will consist of experts in a number of fields including biology, biochemistry, philosophy, and ethics. The Centre plans to eventually offer degree programs in animal replacement science. More information on this initiative is available on the CCAAM’s website.

June 14, 2017

Position Open at the CCAC

The CCAC is seeking an Executive Director with extensive management and administration experience to lead this long-standing non-profit organization. Learn more about this exceptional leadership opportunity in our Careers Section.

June 7, 2017

Launch of new web app for systematic reviews of animal studies

Funded by the NC3Rs and developed by the CAMARADES team in Edinburgh, the SyRF app has been designed to help optimise and streamline systematic reviews of animal research. For more information, please visit the NC3Rs website.

May 25, 2017

Adoption of the first OIE global strategy on animal welfare

On May 24, 2017, members of the World Organization for Animal Health, or OIE, adopted the first global strategy on animal welfare. It aims to achieve “A world where the welfare of animals is respected, promoted and advanced, in ways that complement the pursuit of animal health, human well-being, socio-economic development and environmental sustainability.” The strategy is based on the following four pillars:

  • Development of international animal welfare standards
  • Enhancement of capacity building and training of Veterinary Services
  • Communication with governments, national and international organisations, and the public to raise awareness on animal welfare
  • Progressive implementation of OIE standards on animal welfare and their corresponding policies

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May 11, 2017

SCAW Conference

The Scientists Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW) is holding a conference on challenges in fish and wildlife research. Discussions will be held on various topics including animal welfare, animal acquisition, capture and captive animals, occupational safety and health, procedures and euthanasia, closing with a reconvene and sharing of concerns and lessons learned. Download the registration form by following this link.

May 3, 2017

Statement from the CCAC Executive Director

Dear CCAC stakeholders,

I wish to inform you that I am stepping down as the Executive Director of the Canadian Council on Animal Care effective May 19, 2017 to pursue other opportunities.

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News Archive


Tenth World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences
The 3rs in Action
August 20-24, 2017
Seattle, WA

68th AALAS National Meeting 2017
October 15-19, 2017
Austin, TX

2nd RSPCA international meeting
Focus on severe suffering
October 25-26, 2017
Berlin, DEU

SCAW Conference
Meeting the Challenges of IACUC Oversight in Fish and Wildlife Research
October 30-November 1, 2017
San Diego, CA

NC3Rs - 2017 Primate Welfare Meeting
November 3, 2017
London, GBR