Animal Health Professionals
All personnel involved with the use of animals in research,
teaching and testing must be adequately trained in the principles of animal
care and use and the ethical issues involved in animal use and an appropriate
training program is an essential component of any institutional animal care and
Animal health professionals are experts in the field of appropriate care of animals, but should also benefit from continuing education opportunities as required in the CCAC policy statement for: senior administrators responsible for animal care and use programs , the CALAM Standards of Veterinary Care, and the CCAC policy statement on: terms of reference for animal care committees.
The CCAC holds web-based
seminars, or "webinars", to educate, train, and communicate with CCAC
constituents. Benefits and advantages of CCAC webinars include coverage of hot
topics and emerging issues, expert insights on complex and/or hot topics, interactive
discussions and question/answer periods with the experts.
The annual CCAC National Workshop allows the exchange of information on
challenges and best practices, and provides animal health professionals and
members of institutional animal care committees (ACCs) with an opportunity to
interact with peers.
The training modules of the Core Stream, which reflect the core
topics of the CCAC Recommended syllabus for an institutional
animal user training program, are relevant to all animal users.
Noncore topics are covered in other knowledge streams.
Standards and Guidance
The list of CCAC standards includes guidelines, policy statements and
other standards. These standards are intended to provide assistance in the
implementation of best practices and the achievement of Russell and Burch's
Three Rs (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement) for use of animals in science.
Assessments of institutional animal care and use programs are also based on the CCAC
guidelines, policy statements and other relevant documents.