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April 21, 2021

Dr. Gilly Griffin to Retire from the CCAC

Dr. Gilly Griffin

The Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) would like to congratulate Dr. Gilly Griffin, Director of Standards, on her upcoming retirement. Dr. Griffin has been an integral part of the organization for more than twenty-five years and has worked diligently to increase the CCAC’s presence around the world, fostering national and international collaborations to improve the ethical care and use of animals in science. Her enormous contributions have helped shaped the CCAC, and her hard work and dedication have been an example to all.

Throughout her fruitful career, Dr. Griffin has been dedicated to furthering the concept of the Three Rs: as a research scientist; as managing editor of Alternatives to Laboratory Animals (ATLA), the peer-review journal published by the UK-based Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments; as Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animals in Research; and as the CCAC’s Director of Standards. Dr. Griffin’s knowledge and expertise in terms of Three Rs principles and the application of ethical practices in animal-based science are unparalleled, and have been vital to the CCAC’s success. She has also contributed to countless articles, books, conferences, and symposia.

Dr. Griffin established the CCAC’s guidelines development program, the Three Rs program, and the research fellowship in animal policy development program. She has steered the development of numerous peer-based guidelines documents and supervised several research fellows at the CCAC, each of whom carried out independent policy research.

For those at the Secretariat, Gilly has always been a guiding force, providing insight, support, and advice on the ethics and care of animals in science. Her many stories about her work, travels, family and other animals, gardening, and her bustling village will be greatly missed, but we will certainly be keeping in touch.

We wish Dr. Griffin the best of luck and a rich and fulfilling retirement.

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