Information on Current Events


It is time to submit nominations for the 2017 award. The award consists of a commemorative plaque and a cash award of $1250 and it is presented at the CALAM/ACMAL Annual General Meeting, held in conjunction with the CALAS/ACSAL Symposium (June 8-11, 2017 in Calgary).

The criteria for the award are as follows:

  1. CALAM/ACMAL association and service.
  2. Outstanding contributions to the field of Laboratory Animal Medicine. Consideration will be given to innovations or refinements that improve the care and welfare of laboratory animals, advancement of public knowledge or veterinary education with respect to care and use of animals in research, or advances or innovations in facility management or regulatory oversight processes.

The nomination letter should include the reasons for the nomination, using the criteria above, a curriculum vitae, and two supporting letters of reference from CALAM/ACMAL members. All nomination letters and supporting documents should be sent to the CALAM/ACMAL Secretary ( no later than Feb 28, 2017.  Any questions about the award should be directed to Dr. Chereen Collymore (

In accepting the award the recipient confers the right to have their name published by CALAM/ACMAL or Charles River Canada in association with the award. Announcements of the award may be made in the CALAS Symposium Program, the Canadian Veterinary Journal, and Interface.

Call for Nominations for CALAM/ACMAL Board and Committee Positions

The following positions are up for nomination in 2017.  Elections will take place at the Annual General Meeting being held June 9th  in Calgary, AB

President Elect – this position is a one year term with a total three year commitment (succeeded by one year as President and one year as Past-President)- (2017-2020). This position requires provision of support to the current president, leadership and vision for CALAM/ACMAL, attendance at bimonthly BOD teleconferences and at the AGM are required.

Secretary – this position has a 3 year term (2017-2020) and provides organizational support, along with an external management group, to facilitate association functions and dissemination of information to the membership.  Attendance at the bimonthly BOD teleconferences and at the AGM are required.

Director (Outreach) – this position has a 3 year term (2017-2020) and provides support for activities of the BOD and promotes interactions between national and international groups related to lab animal science, where possible. Attendance at the bimonthly BOD teleconferences and at the AGM are required.

To submit a nomination, please complete the candidate nomination form below and submit by April 30, 2017 

CALAM-ACMAL BOD Candiatate nomination form



Request for Proposals: Refinement of Use of Anesthesia or Analgesia in Laboratory Animals

The Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Medicine (CALAM/ACMAL) and the Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Science (CALAS/ACSAL) promote the reduction of pain and/or distress in laboratory animals used in research. In order to further the refinement of anesthesia and analgesia protocols for use in laboratory animals, CALAM/ACMAL and CALAS/ACSAL have jointly established a research funding competition. CALAM/ACMAL and CALAS/ACSAL are providing financial support for up to three analgesia or anesthesia-related research projects ranging from $3000-5000 per project. This request for proposals is only open to current CALAM/ACMAL and/or CALAS/ACSAL members.

Further details can be found here

In Memoriam – Dr. Gilles Demers

It saddens us to announce the death of Dr. Gilles Demers.

Dr. Demers had been an Assessment Director for the Canadian Council on Animal Care from 1993 until his retirement in 2015.  Nationally, from coast to coast, he contributed to the promotion of high standards for the care and use of animals in research and teaching, instituting the concept of Good Animal Practices.  Many of us have had the opportunity to participate in CCAC assessments visits with him, and will remember his simplicity, friendliness, collegiality, generosity, inclusiveness, and his fantastic sense of humour.  For many years he volunteered for CALAS/ACSAL and CALAM/ACMAL.  He was awarded the Charles River CALAM/ACMAL Award for life time achievements in the promotion of laboratory animal medicine and welfare, and was made an Honorary Member (CALAM/ACMAL) and a Distinction Member (CALAS/ACSAL) in 2015.

He was also well-known internationally for being the ICLAS Secretary General (1999-2003), and ICLAS President (2003-2011), and a former AAALAC International Member of Board of Trustees and Ad Hoc Specialist. During his mandate with ICLAS, Dr Demers had worked closely with several countries of the world to help them implement a Laboratory Animal Science organization. Dr Demers gave numerous presentations around the world: China, Japan, Korea, India, Taiwan, Turkey, Tunisia, Poland, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, USA, Finland, Estonia, Uruguay.  With his colleagues of the ICLAS Governing Board and sister organizations, he organized the International Symposium on Regulatory Testing and Animal Welfare (Québec City, 2001) and 5 other international meetings on the ICLAS Harmonization program.   These activities led to publications in Science, ILAR Journal, STAL, and FELASA Proceedings, and several presentations at international meetings.  He established a close collaboration with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) that led to an agreement between OIE and ICLAS for the promotion of the veterinary profession and to highlight the importance of Laboratory Animal veterinarians in science.  His participation to the OIE Ad hoc Group on Animal led to the publication of Chapter 7.8 on the Use of Animal in Research and Education of the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code.   In collaboration with the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS), he participated in the revision of the International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research Involving Animals.   In gratitude for his accomplishments, he was appointed Honorary Professor by the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences.

Our thoughts go to his family and friends, whom are numerous and sad today.  He will be greatly missed.


Restrictions on the Importation of Zebrafish into Canada Associated with Spring Viremia of Carp Virus

The zebrafish model system is helping researchers improve the health and welfare of people and animals and has become indispensable for advancing biomedical research. As genetic engineering is both resource intensive and time-consuming, sharing successfully developed genetically modified zebrafish lines throughout the international community is critical to research efficiency and to maximizing the millions of dollars in research funding. New restrictions on importation of zebrafish into Canada based on putative susceptibility to infection by the spring viremia of carp virus (SVCV) have been imposed on the scientific community. In this commentary, we review the disease profile of SVCV in fish, discuss the findings of the Canadian government’s scientific assessment, how the interpretations of their assessment differ from that of the Canadian research community, and describe the negative impact of these regulations on the Canadian research community and public as it pertains to protecting the health of Canadians.

Further details can be found here:

The European Commission

Has published a website: Animals Used for Scientific Purposes.  The site aims to facilitate a better understanding of:

• the concept of Three Rs

• the concepts of validation and regulatory acceptance

• efforts made at the EUl to advance the Three Rs

Members are encouraged to suggest additional links and resources to enhance this page.