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February 20, 2020

CCAC Publishes New Guidelines on Rats

Cover of the CCAC Guidelines on Rats

The CCAC guidelines: Rats is now available. This guidelines document, along with its associated frequently asked questions, addresses conditions normally present in laboratories housing rats, and provides a framework for the implementation of evidence-based practices, with the aim of improving the welfare of rats.

The document provides information for investigators, study directors, animal care committees, facility managers, veterinarians, and animal care staff to help facilitate improvements in both the care given to rats and the manner in which experimental procedures are performed. It is based on expert peer advice and current interpretation of scientific evidence, and has received extensive peer review.

The CCAC would like to thank all of the volunteer experts who participated in the development of this guidelines document. Your insights and expertise are deeply valued and we truly appreciate the important role you play in the development of CCAC’s high standards for animal ethics and care in Canadian science.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to directly.

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