General Guidelines

The guidelines contained within the Guide to Care and Use of Experimental Animals, vol 1, 2nd edition (1993) are currently being revised. As the guidelines are updated, they will be removed from this Guide and the new guidelines will be posted on the CCAC website under the appropriate heading. Sections still in use are listed within the Guide.

Throughout the CCAC guidelines, the term 'should' is used to indicate an obligation, for which any exceptions must be justified to, and approved by, an animal care committee. The term 'must' is used for mandatory requirements.


Policies pertaining to the Assessment and Certification program can be found in the Certification section.


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Laboratory animal facilities
Please note that minor revisions were made to this guidelines document in May 2020 to remove outdated information.

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