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This full-day workshop is the perfect forum to explore new ideas, exchange best practices and connect with individuals from across Canada who are involved in animal ethics and care in science. We look forward to connecting with you in Saskatoon!
May 4, 2017
The Early Bird deadline to our CCAC National Workshop 2017 has been extended to May 12, 2017! Register today to share ideas, ask questions, and discover new possibilities. Explore the program to learn more about this compelling day of important and engaging discussions, carefully designed for all those involved in animal ethics and care in science!
April 27, 2017
The Early Bird deadline to our CCAC National Workshop 2017 is coming up soon! Register today to share ideas, ask questions, and discover new possibilities. Explore the program to learn more about this compelling day of important and engaging discussions, carefully designed for all those involved in animal ethics and care in science!April 19, 2017
The Early Bird deadline to our CCAC National Workshop 2017 is coming up soon! Register today to share ideas, ask questions, and discover new possibilities. Explore the program to learn more about this compelling day of important and engaging discussions, carefully designed for all those involved in animal ethics and care in science!
April 6, 2017
The CCAC National Workshop 2017 will take place on June 3, 2017 in Saskatoon, where people from across Canada will come together to explore best practices and new ideas surrounding animal ethics and care in science. Register today!
March 31, 2017
The CCAC has revised the Guide to the Care and Use of Experimental Animals, Vol. 1, 2nd ed. by updating the document with links to those guidelines that have already been updated. The Guide will continue to be revised as new guidelines are published.
March 22, 2017
The Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) research grants program at the Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health has put out a call for pre-proposals for the 2018-19 program, with a deadline of April 21, 2017. Visit the CATT research grants program website for complete information and to complete the pre-proposal form.
The CCAC guidelines: Husbandry of animals in science is now available. The CCAC has also developed an accompanying document, the CCAC frequently asked questions: Husbandry of animals in science, to help institutions effectively implement these guidelines.
March 11, 2017
On Saturday March 11, 2017, the CTV program, W5, aired a segment about the treatment of animals in a scientific institution. The Executive Director of the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC), Dr. Louise Desjardins, was interviewed for that broadcast in regard to the CCAC’s role in the ethics and care of animals in research, teaching, and testing in Canada.
March 7, 2017
We invite you to attend the CCAC National Workshop in Saskatoon on Saturday, June 3, 2017, where people from across Canada will come together to explore best practices and new ideas surrounding animal ethics and care in science.
Don’t forget to take advantage of our early-bird rate by registering before midnight, May 3, 2017 EDT.
March 2, 2017
Register for the Canadian Aquaculture Institute’s Workshops
The University of Prince Edward Island’s Canadian Aquaculture Institute is offering two workshops specifically for veterinarians, facility managers and facility technicians working with aquatic animals:
- Health and Husbandry of Aquatic Laboratory Animals Workshop
- Advanced Aquatic Animal Care and Husbandry Workshop
Learn more about these hands-on workshops and how they can help empower you in advancing high standards of animal ethics and care.
February 6, 2017
The CCAC has released the CCAC Animal Data Report 2015, which provides a national overview of animal-based science in CCAC-certified institutions from January 1 - December 31, 2015.
The CCAC thanks all those responsible for compiling and submitting their institutional data, and encourages individuals to contribute to the ongoing review of the CCAC’s Annual Animal Data, by sharing their valuable ideas and feedback.
This month’s edition of Laboratory Animals (Volume 50, Issue 6, December 2016) features a special edition: Score Sheets and Postoperative Analgesia, with guest editors Huw Golledge and Paula Jirkoff.
December 13, 2016
New Definition for Major Recommendations
The CCAC policy: Recommendations made in CCAC assessment reports has been revised to include a new definition for the term “Major Recommendation”. When used in assessment reports, “Major” now refers solely to immediate and significant threats to animal health or welfare found during a CCAC visit.
The CCAC has also developed an accompanying document, the Frequently Asked Questions: Recommendations made in CCAC assessment reports, to help institutions effectively implement this policy.
November 30, 2016
Career Opportunity at the CCAC
The CCAC is seeking a Senior Research Analyst.
Learn more about this opportunity in our Careers Section.
November 23, 2016
Final call for papers:
Measuring animal welfare and applying scientific advances - Why is it still so difficult?
Submissions should feature the title of the proposed presentation, the nature of the presentation – talk or poster, and the name and full contact details of all contributors. Abstracts must be in English and should be no longer than 400 words. Full details on formatting these can be found on the UFAW website.
Deadline for submission of abstracts is November 30, 2016.
Further details on this meeting can be found on the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare website or on the UFAW Facebook page.
November 16, 2016
Animal Models for Microbiome Research: Advancing Basic and Translational Science
Join the ILAR Roundtable for a free two-day workshop on December 19-20, 2016 to examine animal models of microbiome research. Invited speakers will discuss challenges of standardization and biological variability in using gnotobiotic model organisms, examine the translatability of preclinical studies to humans, identify alternative model organisms that can be used in microbiome research, and discuss strategies for expanding the infrastructure and tools for conducting studies in these types of models. Click here to view the final agenda, including speakers and topics. This workshop will be held at 500 5th Street NW, Washington, DC and will be freely available via webcast. We invite you to join us in person or via webcast.
November 8, 2016
Our 2015-2016 Annual Report is Now Available
Discover the latest developments and activities related to the CCAC’s strategic plan and objectives, as well as our plans for the future. The CCAC thanks all those who work tirelessly to advance animal ethics and care in Canadian science, helping to bring the CCAC’s mandate and vision to life.
October 25, 2016
The CCAC is seeking an Associate Director of Assessment.
Learn more about this opportunity in our Careers Section.
October 7, 2016
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.
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
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.
August 29, 2016
AltTox.org revised Table of Validated and Accepted Alternative Methods
AltTox maintains a table of alternative methods similar to the CCAC Three Rs Microsite Alternative Test Methods Table. Both tables provide information about the alternative tests and whether regulatory agencies will accept data resulting from the use of these tests.
August 22, 2016
Head mask for cancer patients adapted as a refinement for primate research
A study published recently in the Journal of Neuroscience Methods describes a new Non-invasive Head Immobilization System (NHIS) as an alternative to surgery for macaque monkeys used in neurobiology research.
August 16, 2016
In Memoriam: Dr. Gilles Demers
It is with profound sadness that the CCAC announces the death of Dr. Gilles Demers. Gilles passed away near Montréal, QC, on August 10, 2016. Gilles had an outstanding career as a veterinarian, and worked for 22 years as an Assessment Director with the CCAC. He retired from the CCAC in 2015.
August 15, 2016
Animal models for CNS safety pharmacology under the spotlight
The pharmaceutical industry has been working to assess the relevance of rodent central nervous system (CNS) safety pharmacology studies in predicting what happens in first-in-human phase I studies. The findings published in Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology have important implications for reducing attrition in the drug development pipeline and in reducing animal use.
August 11, 2016
Automated monitoring of mouse behaviour in social home cage groups
A paper reporting a new automated home cage behavioural monitoring system for mice has been published in the journal Frontiers in Behavioural Neuroscience.
August 10, 2016
Help advance high standards for animal ethics and care in Canadian science by providing your comments on the CCAC guidelines on: air quality of laboratory animal facilities by August 31, 2016.
August 2, 2016
Does age matter? Working group publish findings to improve reproducibility
A recent paper published in Laboratory Animals summarises the findings of an NC3Rs expert working group investigating the consideration of rodent age in studies.
The paper reviews the factors that affect the decision on the age of the animals selected and how age can impact scientific outcomes.
July 18, 2016
SynDaver Labs launches synthetic canine model
The synthetic canine model is an anatomically accurate model that veterinary students can practice surgeries on. The canine model mimics functioning body systems, and has the capability to simulate customized diseases, illnesses and medical complications.
More information can be found on the SynDaver website.
July 11, 2016
Norecopa’s new website
Norecopa is Norway's National Consensus Platform for the advancement of "the 3 Rs" (Replacement, Reduction, Refinement) in connection with animal experiments.
Norecopa's new website includes all the content of the website of the Laboratory Animal Unit at the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science, four databases NORINA, TextBase, 3R Guide and Classic AVs, and all the content of Norecopa's old website (norecopa.no) as well as a brand-new intelligent search engine built specifically for the task of performing one search simultaneously in all these resources.
June 29, 2016
ICCVAM Advisory Committee to discuss developing a U.S. National 3Rs strategy
The Scientific Advisory Committee on Alternative Toxicological Methods (SACATM) will meet September 27-28, 2016, at NIEHS in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. The focus of this year’s SACATM meeting will be to discuss and develop recommendations for implementing a national strategy for replacing, reducing, and refining animal use (3Rs) for regulatory testing.
The SACATM meeting is free and open to the public, and can be attended in person or viewed via webcast. An agenda, other materials, and links to registration for the upcoming meeting will be posted as they are available on the SACATM Upcoming Meetings webpage.
June 20, 2016
CAAT offering training in Tox21 technology
The Johns Hopkins University Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) is offering courses on Tox21 and evidence-based toxicology in The Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) Track in Toxicity Testing and Human Health Risk Assessment of Environmental Agents. MSPH is a professional degree program that provides individuals with the knowledge and tools needed to be at the forefront of the transition in human health risk assessment.
Click here for complete details, including funding details, part-time options, and admissions and degree requirements. There is still time to apply for fall 2016 admission.
June 13, 2016
Welfare of wild animals in research
Following a successful first event held in 2015, the RSPCA and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) are jointly convening a second one-day meeting on the welfare of wild animals in research - undertaken either in the wild or in captivity.
The meeting will take place on Thursday, 22 September 2016 in the south-east of England. The program will include presentations and discussion relating to reducing the impact of procedures in the field such as capture, trapping and tagging, and refining housing and care in captivity. It will also cover aspects of regulation and ethical review. You can register for this meeting by completing an online form.
June 1, 2016
This full-day workshop is the perfect forum to explore new ideas, exchange best practices and connect with individuals from across Canada who are involved in animal ethics and care in science.
We look forward to connecting with you in Toronto!
May 30, 2016
Help advance high standards for animal ethics and care in Canadian science by providing your comments on CCAC guidelines on: air quality of laboratory animal facilities by August 31, 2016.
May 24, 2016
Help with reporting animal-based research
Missing important details from publications can mean that results from animal-based studies cannot be replicated, and consequently more animals may be required to repeat the work. A new tool from Penelope assists researchers to report according to the most relevant checklist from the EQUATOR library, and hence assists implement the principle of Reduction.
May 16, 2016
Help with Experimental Design
Want to know the right number of animals to request for your particular study?
Check out the Experimental Design Assistant, a free resource from the NC3Rs to support researchers in the planning of animal experiments - ensuring robust study design and reliable and reproducible findings.
May 14, 2016
This full-day workshop is the perfect forum to explore new ideas, exchange best practices and connect with individuals from across Canada who are involved in animal ethics and care in science. Don’t miss out!
May 8, 2016
RSPCA focus on severe suffering
Any comments or feedback are welcomed.
May 2, 2016
Attention veterinarians, lab technicians, animal technicians, and all who work with laboratory animals: The Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) now is accepting proposals for the 2017 Science-based Refinement Awards.
Deadline is November 18, 2016.
April 25, 2016
The Alternatives Research and Development Foundation (ARDF) will award up to $40,000 to individual projects with the potential to significantly replace or reduce laboratory animals in research. This year, preference will be given to projects that use pathway-based approaches as exemplified by the 2007 National Academy of Sciences report, Toxicity Testing in the Twenty-first Century: A Vision and a Strategy. Applications must be received by Monday, May 2.
Guidelines and application form available here.
April 18, 2016
Ten practical realities for institutional animal care and use committees when evaluating protocols dealing with fish in the field.
This paper by Cooke et al. (2016) in Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries (26(1):123-133) highlights issues where there is a need for greater collaboration between IACUC members (including veterinary professionals) and field researchers which would provide more reasoned, rational and useful guidance to improve or maintain the welfare status of fishes used in field research while enabling researchers to pursue fundamental and applied questions related to the biology of fish in the field.
April 4, 2016
Guidelines to minimize disturbance of colonial-breeding waterbirds during research activities
The latest edition of Picoides, the newsletter for the Society of Canadian Ornithologists, provides guidance to minimize disturbance of colonial-breeding waterbirds during research activities (pg 10-12). Seabirds and waterbirds are particularly vulnerable to the effects of human disturbance. These guidelines are designed to increase awareness of the sensitivities of Canada’s seabird and waterbird colonies to disturbance, provide information on the applicable legal protection, and provide guidance on appropriate behaviour to follow when near breeding colonies of seabirds and waterbirds in order to avoid and minimize disturbance.
See also the section on birds in the Three Rs Microsite.
March 23, 2016
We invite you to attend the CCAC National Workshop in Toronto on Saturday, June 11, 2016, where people from across Canada will come together to explore best practices and new ideas surrounding animal ethics and care in science.
With a fantastic program filled with engaging sessions and expert speakers, this year’s workshop will be Building on an Inclusive Culture of Animal Care in Science. Don’t forget to take advantage of our early-bird rate by registering before midnight, May 13, 2016 EDT.
March 21, 2016
A team at King’s College London, are pioneering an in vitro freshwater gill system in the lab. This technique, published in Nature Protocols, provides a more humane way to study the impacts of environmental hazards on freshwater fish, whilst reducing the number of fish needed. The technique was developed as part of an NC3Rs project grant award to Professor Christer Hogstrand and others, along with a CASE studentship to Dr Nic Bury from the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).
March 14, 2016
The International Foundation for Ethical Research (IFER) is accepting pre-proposal applications for its Graduate Student Fellowships for Alternatives to the Use of Animals in Science. These fellowships are awarded to students enrolled in master’s or Ph.D. programs in life or social sciences or humanities whose programs of study show potential to replace the use of animals in science. Pre-proposal applications are due April 29. Submission of full proposals is by invitation only.
March 7, 2016
A new e-learning resource focusing on the assessment of laboratory animal welfare, particularly genetically altered neonates has been created by Professor Paul Flecknell and his team at Newcastle University. With funding from the NC3Rs this tool will help researchers and animal care staff to identify signs of good and poor welfare in research animals.
February 29, 2016
The Humane Endpoints website is now available in four languages with the Spanish translation recently released. The website aims to help recognize humane endpoints in laboratory animals.
This resource and other information on human endpoints is available on the CCAC Three Rs Microsite.
February 22, 2016
The 3Rs in the quality control of human vaccines: EURL ECVAM releases summary of ongoing projects.
Read the report.
February 16, 2016
Focus on severe suffering
An international conference hosted by the RSPCA on June 16-17, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium.
Due to sponsorship generously donated to the RSPCA, there will be NO delegate fee charged for attending. However, places are limited and those with direct involvement in the regulation, care and use of animals will be prioritized.
This event is scheduled to directly follow the conclusion of FELASA Congress 2016.
Click here to register.
February 8, 2016
Online Laboratory Animal Science Masters Program
The Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA, has started an Online Laboratory Animal Science (LAS) Master’s Program and will graduate its first class in May 2016. This program is designed to assist students pursuing their careers in animal science including facility management, research and veterinary medicine.
Applications submitted by March 1, 2016 will be considered for early admission to upcoming Class of 2018.
Click here to apply.
February 1, 2016
Co-hosted by USDA, OLAW, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Division of Veterinary Resources NIH, and the Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Valley Hall Davis, California on March 17-18, 2016.
Registration includes an optional Primate facility tour on March 16th. Attendee registration closes February 29, 2016.
For further information, please contact Jamie DeRita.
January 31, 2016
January 31 - February 6, 2016 is International Laboratory Animal Technician Week. This annual event recognizes laboratory animal technicians for their essential contributions to animal-based science throughout the world.
The CCAC salutes all laboratory animal technicians and the key role they play in ensuring high standards of animal ethics and care in Canadian science every day.
January 28, 2016
The CCAC policy statement on: the certification of animal ethics and care programs introduces important innovations to the Assessment and Certification program.
The policy, which supersedes the 2010 CCAC policy statement on: the certification of animal care and use programs, was revised in an effort to deliver the most effective certification program possible to CCAC’s program participants.
January 27, 2016
The deadline to submit abstracts for this first-of-its-kind conference is January 31, 2016.
Visit their website to submit your abstract and to learn more about this unique conference, which is bringing together experts and stakeholders from across the Americas to explore alternatives.
January 25, 2016
ABSTRACTS DEADLINE EXTENDED
Pan-American Conference on Alternative Methods
Hosted by the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, Baltimore on April 12-14, 2016. Those interested in attending are encouraged to register early, as attendance will be limited to 300 participants.
Abstracts are being accepted for oral and poster presentations; new deadline is January 31, 2016.
For more information and to register, email Jamie DeRita.
January 18, 2016
Comfortable Quarters -- Obtain a free copy of Animal Welfare Institute’s Guide for laboratory animal care personnel on the humane housing and handling of individual animal species in research facilities; edited by Cathy Liss, Kenneth Litwak, Dave Tilford & Viktor Reinhardt; 2015; 10th edition; 239 pages.
January 14, 2016
As announced in our 2015-2020 strategic plan, the CCAC is developing an e-portal with unique tools and resources for institutions participating in its programs.
Please take a moment before January 31, 2016 to fill out a quick survey.
Your feedback that will help us build the best possible platform for your needs.
January 11, 2016
Winners of the 2015 Dorothy Hegarty Award (for the best publication in the journal ATLA) are from Montréal.
Read the winning paper.
Guo T., Lok K-Y., Yu C. & Li Z. (2014) Lung fibrosis: Drug screening and disease marker identification with lung slice culture model and subtracted cDNA library ATLA 42: 235-243.
Widespread Review of the CCAC Guidelines on Husbandry
The current draft of the new CCAC guidelines on: husbandry of animals in science has been carefully developed by a subcommittee of volunteer experts.
It is now ready to be reviewed by anyone with an interest in animal ethics and care in Canadian science.
Help advance high standards for animal ethics and care in Canadian science by providing your input by January 31, 2016.
November 26, 2015
View the CCAC Animal Data Report 2013
To gain a clear picture of animal-based science at CCAC-certified institutions from January 1, 2013 to December 31 2013, read the CCAC Animal Data Report 2013.
The CCAC thanks all those responsible for compiling and submitting their institutional data, and encourages individuals to contribute to the review of the CCAC’s Annual Animal Data, by sharing their valuable ideas and feedback.
November 12, 2015
NC3Rs Competition Now Accepting Nominations
The international NC3Rs competition highlights important advances for the Three Rs in the medical, biological or veterinary sciences.
The prize of £20,000 is awarded for an article published in a peer-reviewed journal between September 1, 2012 and September 1, 2015, that marks a significant contribution to the Three Rs' field.
The deadline for submitting nominations is 4:00 p.m. (GMT), November 19, 2015.
To learn more about the 2015 competition, visit the NC3Rs website.
October 29, 2015
The CCAC Annual Report 2014-2015 is Now Available
Discover how the CCAC’s dedicated community of volunteer experts worked together to ensure high standards of animal ethics and care at institutions throughout Canada. Thanks to the valuable contributions of these passionate individuals, the CCAC reached several key milestones and goals in 2014-2015.
October 9, 2015
Career Opportunity at the CCAC
The CCAC is seeking an Associate Director of Assessment.
Learn more about this opportunity in our Careers Section.
October 6, 2015
Celebrating 30 years of Animal Health Awareness in Canada
This week, animal health professionals across Canada are celebrating the 30th anniversary of Animal Health Week, a national public awareness campaign organized by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA).
The CCAC salutes the CVMA for generating animal health awareness and education as well as the countless veterinarians and animal care providers, who work daily to advance the well-being and care of animals, including animals in science, throughout Canada.
July 20, 2015
The CCAC Animal Data Report 2012 is Now Available
Whether you are a researcher, animal health professional, animal care committee member, or simply an interested individual, this report provides insights into animal-based science in CCAC-certified institutions from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012.
Explore the CCAC Animal Data Report 2012.
June 10, 2015
Introducing the CCAC’s Vision for the Next Five Years
We are pleased to present the CCAC Strategic Plan 2015-2020
— Working Together to Enhance Animal Ethics and Care in Science.
This plan marks a new chapter for the CCAC, mapping out where we want to be in five years, and how we will get there.
April 2, 2015
New CCAC Training Guidelines Are Now Available!
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
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!
February 2, 2015
February 1-7, 2015 is International Laboratory Animal Technician Week, which recognizes laboratory animal technicians for their essential contributions to animal-based science all over the world.
The CCAC takes this opportunity to acknowledge all laboratory animal technicians and the important work they do year-round in ensuring the ethical use and care of animals in Canadian science.
January 20, 2015
All those with an interest in the ethical use and care of animals in science are invited to join us in Montréal for the CCAC National Workshop on May 30, 2015.
Held in conjunction with the Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Science’s (CALAS) Annual Symposium and the International Council for Laboratory Animal Science’s (ICLAS) General Assembly, this event will be the perfect opportunity for learning and networking.
Be sure to mark May 30 in your calendars, and stay tuned for more information coming in early 2015!
January 7, 2015
An error was found in the Salinity subsection 4.2.3 in Section 4 on Facility Management, Operation and Maintenance of the CCAC guidelines on: the care and use of marine mammals.
In this subsection on salinity, the parts per thousand reported should have read ≥22 instead of 2.2. The English and French PDF versions of these guidelines have been revised on January 7, 2015, to include the correct value.
This guidelines document covers a wide range of topics that may affect the quality of life of marine mammals, from housing and nutrition to health care and environmental enrichment. It will support all personnel involved with the use of these animals for scientific purposes to ensure high standards of care.
Discover the newly published CCAC guidelines on: the care and use of marine mammals.
November 10, 2014
Career Opportunity at the CCAC
November 6, 2014
Introducing our new governance structure
The CCAC has formed a new governance structure that is transparent and efficient, adheres to current principles of governance, and includes community representation. The products of these developments can all be found in the newly revised About the CCAC section.
November 5, 2014
2013-2014 Annual Report
The CCAC 2013-2014 Annual Report is now available online. During this fiscal year, the CCAC embarked upon a journey of reflection and growth, which began by Hearing What Canadians Have to Say. A detailed picture of what we heard through a nation-wide stakeholder engagement initiative and public survey can be found in the report, as well as information on CCAC’s operations and achievements throughout that year.
The CCAC thanks Marie Bédard for her 20 years of service and commitment to the CCAC.
After playing an important and influential role at the CCAC for over two decades, Marie Bédard, our Assessment and Assessment Communications Director is moving on to begin another chapter in her career. During her time at the CCAC, Marie has continually championed its mandate, diligently and constructively helped Canadian institutions and individuals on the front lines of animal care and use to improve the quality of their programs.
We sincerely thank Marie for her invaluable contributions to the CCAC and for her support of individuals and groups aiming for the highest standards of animal care and use. Her presence will be deeply missed. We at the CCAC send our best wishes to Marie in all her future endeavors.
October 29, 2014
The Nutrient Requirements of Swine, a relevant resource for users of the CCAC guidelines on: the use and care of farm animals in research, teaching and testing, has been updated by the National Research Council, in collaboration with the Subcommittee on Swine Nutrition and the Committee on Animal Nutrition. This Eleventh Revised Edition (2012) of the Nutrient Requirements of Swine is now available for purchase on the NAP website.
September 29, 2014
Celebrating Animal Health Week!
Animal Health Week is a national public awareness campaign organized by the CVMA and hosted by veterinarians across Canada. In the spirit of this year’s theme “Our Role, Our Responsibility”, animal care providers and veterinarians across Canada will be promoting the importance of animal health and welfare.
The CCAC seizes this opportunity to salute all veterinarians and the important work they do year-round to ensure the well-being of all animals, including animals used in Canadian science.
August 22, 2014
The CCAC congratulates Dr. Patricia Turner for receiving the 2014 Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s (CVMA) Humane Award.
July 29, 2014
Congratulations to CCAC’s previous Executive Director, Dr. Norman Willis, on his appointment to the Order of Canada on June 30th, 2014.
July 28, 2014
In memory of Alexander Livingston, B.Sc, B.Vet.Med., Ph.D., FRCVS, Dip. ECVPT (1940-2014).
The CCAC was deeply saddened to learn of Dr. Livingston’s passing this past June. Dr. Livingston served as member of CCAC council from 2002-2008 and as Chair from 2006-2007.
Members of the CCAC wish to extend their sympathy to Dr. Livingston’s family.
June 25, 2014
The CCAC was thrilled to host InterNICHE at our 2014 National Workshop on June 13 in Ottawa. Throughout the day, InterNICHE showcased a hands-on multimedia exhibit on alternatives for teaching and training and led a breakout session, exploring various alternatives. Take a look at some of the software, models, mannequins, and simulators that were at the exhibit. For more information visit their website.
June 23, 2014
The CCAC Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Louise Desjardins as Executive Director effective June 23, 2014.
April 9, 2014
Join us and participate in the various educational events taking place in Ottawa from June 13 to 17 at the Delta Ottawa City Centre Hotel. Register now through the CALAS website and make it YOUR event.
February 24, 2014
We are pleased to provide you with the latest updates on our transition process. Click here to learn more about the status of our progress, the upcoming changes to our Assessment and Certification Program as well as our new office location.
February 20, 2014
The CCAC Webinar on AUDF Instructions is now available. Access the recording to gain useful tips and information on how to submit animal use data.
February 19, 2014
The CCAC is seeking an Executive Director with a deep commitment to the ethical use and welfare of animals in science to lead this long-standing non-profit organization. Learn more about this exceptional leadership opportunity in our Careers Section.
February 18, 2014
Research funding proposals are now being accepted from CALAS and/or CALAM members for new analgesia or anesthesia-related research projects ranging from $3000-5000 per project. The deadline to submit is April 4, 2014.
February 3, 2014
Did you know this week (February 2-8, 2014) is International Laboratory Animal Technician Week? The CCAC wishes to thank all Laboratory Animal Technicians who are key in ensuring the ethical use and care of animals in science. Special thanks goes out to Canadians technicians and our partner for the 2014 CCAC National Workshop: the Canadian Association of Laboratory Animal Science!
January 21, 2014
With regards to the streamlining initiatives announced on December 18, 2013, please note that the certification process will continue to take place every three years for all institutions.
January 15, 2014
The Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Sheep, a relevant resource for users of the CCAC guidelines on: the use and care of farm animals in research, teaching and testing, has been updated by the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC), in collaboration with the Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF). This publication is now available on the NFACC website.
The CCAC animal use data report for 2011 is now available online. Details of the types of animals used, categories of invasiveness and purpose of animal use are available in the summary report. The CCAC has made several changes to the presentation of the data for 2011 including, the use of simplified names for animal groups, and different graph formats. In addition, the CCAC has included a downloadable, sortable Excel file containing a further breakdown of the number of animals used providing greater transparency while maintaining confidentiality for individual institutions and investigators.
December 18, 2013
We are pleased to announce some streamlining decisions, including time-saving measures for institutions and cost-saving measures for the CCAC Assessment and Certification Program. As of April 1st 2014, fully certified institutions will only receive full assessment visits every six years (with interim visits at the three-year mark), and CCAC statuses will be eliminated, with only categories of certification continuing to be used.
December 12, 2013
Save the date for the 2014 CCAC National Workshop and ACC 101 and 201 Workshops which will be held on June 13-14, 2014. These educational events are excellent opportunities to network and exchange information on best practices, challenges faced by CCAC-certified institutions and share solutions.
December 5, 2013
We are pleased to share with you the results of our consultation initiatives as well as the next steps of our transition.
We also invite you to consult our new section on the Latest News on CCAC’s Transition to access all relevant updates and information.
November 27, 2013
We have revised our Reporting Instructions as well as the CCAC Animal Use Data Form (AUDF) MS Excel template, which we encourage you to use to submit your 2013 data. With this in mind, we will be hosting a free webinar on January 16, 2014 from 12:30-1:30 ET which will provide clarification and detailed information on this process. We invite all those responsible for completing the AUDF to attend this webinar.
Please note that the deadline to submit your 2013 AUDF is March 31, 2014.
October 4, 2013
The CCAC has developed a Community Representative Forum to encourage and facilitate discussions between community representatives on institutional animal care committees (ACCs).
September 16, 2013
The Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle referred to in the CCAC guidelines on: the use and care of farm animals in research, teaching and testing has been updated by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) and the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC). This publication is now available on the NFACC website.
July 18, 2013
We invite you to read the letter from the Chair of the Board and the Executive Director of the CCAC which was just published. This update explains the progress in developing an appropriate transition plan and in establishing a sustainable funding model for the future.
July 16, 2013
Some of the Codes of Practice developed by the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) and referred to in the CCAC guidelines on: the use and care of farm animals in research, teaching and testing have been updated, respectively the second and third of eight farm animal codes currently under revision. The newly published Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Mink and Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines are now both available on the NFACC website.
July 9, 2013
The Workshops and Conferences section has been redesigned. Have a look at the revised section under the Education & Training tab.
June 25, 2013
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) have developed joint Canadian Biosafety Standards and Guidelines (CBSG) pertaining to human and terrestrial animal pathogens and toxins. These standards and guidelines replace three documents, including the CCAC-recognized standard Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines.
June 21, 2013
An online survey to solicit feedback on the current practices and guidance on pedagogical merit review of the use of animals in teaching and training has been launched.
For more information, please click here.
May 29, 2013
One of the major reference documents referred to in the CCAC guidelines on: euthanasia of animals used in science, the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals, has been updated. View the 2013 edition of the AVMA guidelines.
March 20, 2013
Have a look at the recently revised Wildlife Research page on the Three Rs Microsite.
February 25, 2013
Additional Information on Effects of Euthanasia Methods on Research Results supporting implementation of the CCAC guidelines on: euthanasia of animals used in science, is now available on the CCAC website. Check back regularly as further information will continue to be added.
January 22, 2013
The University of Guelph will be hosting a 2-day Laboratory Animal Science Mini-Symposium/Mock LAM Exam on February 28 and March 1, 2013 in Guelph, ON.
Highlighted talks for this symposium include:
- Designing Effective Rodent Quality Assurance Programs
- Improving Facility Occupational Health and Safety Practices
- Optimizing Clinical Pathology Sampling for Rodent Studies
- Anesthesia of Invertebrates
- High Throughput Pathology Phenotyping
- Using Telemetry to Evaluate Analgesia in Mice