Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC)

The Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) accreditation is of utmost importance to the University of Alberta for several key reasons:

  • Ethical Responsibility: It prioritizes the well-being and welfare of animals involved in research, teaching, and testing, reflecting the institution's ethical commitment.

  • Public Trust and Transparency: CCAC accreditation is endorsed by the Government of Canada, demonstrating transparency, accountability, and responsible animal care practices. This builds public trust and confidence in the institution's scientific endeavors.

  • Compliance with Regulations: CCAC accreditation ensures compliance with Canadian government regulations and guidelines for animal care and use in scientific activities.

  • Funding Opportunities: Many funding agencies prioritize projects conducted at CCAC-accredited institutions, increasing opportunities for securing financial support for research.

  • Research Credibility: Researchers affiliated with CCAC-accredited institutions are regarded as reliable and trustworthy, enhancing the credibility of their findings and collaborations.

  • Collaboration and Networking: CCAC accreditation facilitates collaboration and networking opportunities, connecting researchers with like-minded peers and organizations committed to ethical research practices. This fosters knowledge sharing, joint projects, and advancements in scientific discoveries.

  • Continuous Improvement: CCAC accreditation involves regular assessments and evaluations, promoting a culture of continuous improvement in animal care and use programs. Institutions are constantly striving to enhance their practices and adhere to the principles of refinement, reduction, and replacement of animal use in research (the Three Rs).

About the Three Rs

The Three Rs (Replacement, Reduction, and Refinement) guide scientists in the ethical use of animals in science:

  • Replacement: Methods that avoid or replace the use of animals when possible in areas where animals would have been used.

  • Reduction: Strategies that result in fewer animals being used for scientific purposes.

  • Refinement: Modification of husbandry or experimental procedures to minimize pain and distress experienced by animals.

The Three Rs concept, originating from the scientific community, is a global cornerstone of ethical animal-based science. It emphasizes considering animal welfare needs.

Scientific advancements in the Three Rs are reported in specialized journals and on global Three Rs Centers' websites.

In Canada, the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) oversees scientific animal use. Visit the CCAC website for detailed information.