Animal Care and Use in Research, Education and Testing (ACURET) in collaboration with the University of Cape Coast presents 2nd Acuret Independent Training Workshop on Laboratory Animal Welfare in Developing Countries.

The Workshop is on the theme “Advancing Science, Assuring Responsible Use in Animal Based Experimentation in Developing Countries".

Date: July 16th -18th, 2018
Venue: University of Cape Coast Main Auditorium




On behalf of the Organizing Committee, we are pleased to invite you to participate in the 2ndACURET Independent Training Program on Laboratory Animal Welfare in developing Countries. The theme is “Advancing Science: Assuring Responsible Animal Based Experimentation in developing Countries” which will hold from July16th – 18th 2018, at the University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana.



ACURET-ITP intends to be a global forum to build capacity for Institutional Animal care and use programs in developing countries, raising effective and efficient animal ethical committees (AEC) and Institutional animal care and use committees (IACUC) that will function competently for their respective institutions.



The program focuses on topics relevant to IACUC functions and provides opportunities for small discussion groups and sharing of information among participants. It offers an avenue for networking, exchange of ideas, innovations and new technologies from across the diverse regions of Africa. In addition to the scientific seminars, ample opportunities for group interactions, group work and small group discussions and visitation to an animal facility are available.


Didactic sessions will address institutional responsibilities; IACUC charges; relevant informational resources; animal welfare laws, regulations and policies, and best standards. Participants will also be challenged to consider, deliberate, and develop action plans for a variety of potential IACUC scenarios. The Training program will also present a variety of scenarios by topic during the convergence sessions utilizing Audio Response System to capture participant’s responses, followed by an expert panel discussion after the polling.


“This workshop will help meet the requirement stated in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals 8th edition, 2011 that states “All personnel involved with the care and use of animals must be adequately educated, trained, and/or qualified in basic principles of laboratory animal science to help ensure high-quality science and animal well-being”.



At the close of the Training Program, participants will appreciate the relationship between good animal welfare and good science; become aware of guides, regulations and policies in animal care and use suggestible to their respective institutions for consideration for adoption, apply safety practices in animal handling and be able to advice/promote the establishment a well constituted Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)/Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) for their institution and function efficiently where appointed.


The topics covered will include:

  • Regulations, Legislations and Operative guidelines in resource poor economies
  • The IACUC/AEC: Composition, functions and powers
  • Responsibilities of the PI in ABE
  • Institutional responsibilities in ABE
  • What does IACUC/AEC approval mean?
  • Obtaining a valid Assurance
  • Scientific communications in ABE




Prof Felix Dapare Dakora   - Keynote Address                                                     

President, African Academy of Sciences, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa


Dr. Cynthia Pekow,

Secretary General, International Council for laboratory Animal Science (ICLAS), Seattle, USA


Prof. Phyllis Addo,

University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana


Dr. Nathalie Percie du Sert

NC3Rs, London, UK


Prof. Francis A. Fakoya,

ACURET Principal, KBTGSP, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK



Prof. Joseph G. Ampiah, Vice Chancellor, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana.



Prof. LK Sam-Amoah                                              Prof. Francis A. Fakoya,

Chair, Local Organizing Committee                           Director, Training Program


Mildred Asmah +233 244 404605                            Raymond Bentil +233 205 909 000

Conference Secretariat                                                            Conference Secretariat



Local Organizing Committee

L K Sam- Amoah; College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, UCC, Ghana (Chairman);

Oluwole Olowoyo –University of Limpopo, Pretoria, South Africa

Julius Hagan, Department of Animal Science; UCC, Ghana

Rofela Combey, Dept of Conservation, Biology and Entomology; UCC, Ghana

Moses Teye, Dept of Animal Science. UCC, Ghana

Mildred Asmah, College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, Administration, UCC, Ghana

Kwabena Owusu, College of Agriculture and Natural Sciencs, Finance, UCC, Ghana

Oluwatosin Kennedy-Oko - University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria

Kemi Okosun – ACURET Administration, Nigeria

Francis Fakoya – KBTGSP, Northumbria University, UK


ACURET MEMBERS $80  $100     $120   
NON ACURET MEMBERS $100   $120    $150
VENDORS $150 $200 $250
STAFF  GHC 200  GHC 250 GHC 250


The participation fee includes:

• Certificate for Participation

• Admission into every Training Session

• Training package

• Lunch for three days

• Tea/Coffee breaks




For registration cancellation notice, please contact the Local Organising Committee via the channels provided on the footer of this portal.

Cancellation of Registration

1. Cancellation of registration must be submitted in writing or via email and is valid only with acknowledgement of receipt by the Conference Planning Secretariat.

2. Cancellation fees will be charged, depending on the notice given:

   1. If cancellation occurs less than 15 days prior to the Program; the cancellation fee is 100% of the registration fee.

   2. If cancellation occurs between 14 days and 1 month prior to the close of registration the cancellation fee is 50% of the registration fee.

   3. Earlier than 1 month, a cancellation fee of $50.00 will be charged or 50% of the registration fee, whichever is the lower.

   4. If payment has been made by the payment deadline of the event and a visa is not awarded in time to travel to the event, the full registration fee will be reimbursed.  



Ghana, with capital Accra, has been one of the most stable countries in West Africa since its transition to multi-party democracy in 1992.

Formerly known as the Gold Coast, Ghana gained independence from Britain in 1957, becoming the first sub-Saharan nation to break the chains of colonialism. Ghana is the second-largest producer of cocoa beans, with a hot tropical climate.

During the day, temperatures average between 26 to 29°C (often exceeding 30°C) and humidity can be high.

During the winter months (from late November to early March), winds from the northeast bring dust from the Sahara. Known as the Harmattan, these can reduce visibility to just one kilometer.

The venue, University of Cape Coast, set in the coastal line of the Atlantic in the South West region of Ghana, set in a serene environment with a beautiful Seaview, a lush green landscape in the legendary tourist destination in Ghana.

The campus provides a serene atmosphere for serious scientific networking and lovely social ambience. The City exhibits many historical sites which the social program incorporates for this event.


Travel to Ghana.

The Kotoka International Airport, Accra, is about 9.656 kilometers north of Accra and served by several local, regional and international airlines.

Some of the International Airlines that come to Accra are Delta Airline, British Airways, Lufthansa, Air Morroc, Turkish Airways, Ethiopian, Rwandan Airways, Kenya Airways, South African Airways, Emirate and others.

You can fly in to Accra direct or transit through any of the African Countries.



Participants are responsible for their accommodation, this event being a non-residential program. However, special concession is offered for program participants who wish to lodge at University of Cape Coast Guest House.

Please indicate to the Secretariat if you wish to lodge at  UCC-GH.

You may however prefer to make your own arrangement.

A list of comfortable hotels is provided below. Please contact the hotel directly for booking and please inform us if you are going to organize your stay individually.


Hotel Location Contacts
Pempamsie Cape Coast 00233 56 151 2407
Ridge Royal  Cape Coast 00233 31 200 3222
Sasakawa Guest House UCC, Cape Coast 00233 20 586 6305
Institute of Education Chalets UCC, Cape Coast 00233 54 201 3369



The official language of the Training is English. No translations will be offered.


Certificate of Attendance

Certificate of Attendance will be awarded at the close of the Program.


Time Zone

Ghana Standard Time is GMT +0.00


Currency and Taxes

The Ghanaian Cedi (GHc) is the official national currency. The exchange rate is 1 US$ = Ghana Cedi 4.40.


Visa Requirements

Various processes are available depending on your nationality, purpose of travel and eligibility.
All Nationals of Countries that are signatories to the ECOWAS treaty of May 1975 have Free Entry within 90 days and should have valid travel documents e.g. Country’s Passport or ECOWAS Travel Certificate. Admission into the country is through approved port of entry.

Make any enquiry pertaining to Travelling to Ghana on the Website of the Ghana Immigration Service:


Letter of Invitation

Upon request, the Secretariat will send a personal invitation to registered participants. This invitation is meant only to help visitors to obtain a Visa, and is not a commitment on the part of the organizers to provide any financial support.


Liability and Insurance

The Training Program Organizers cannot accept responsibility whatsoever for injury or damage involving persons and property during the meeting. Participants are advised to make their own arrangements with respect to health and travel insurance. You may be required by Ghana immigration to present a valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate before being allowed to board flights and upon arrival. Please update your vaccination records.


Safety and Security

Please note that even though it is very safe to move around even at night in Cape Coast and Accra, participants are advised to take good care of themselves. ACURET/UCC will not be responsible for any unfortunate incidents due to neglect or transgression on your part.

 We advise you to exercise proper caution. Participants should not walk on the street at night or take public transport at night alone. It is wise to make photocopies of valuables such as your passport, tickets and any travellers’ checks. Keep one copy with you in a separate place. As a sensible precaution against luggage tampering, including theft, lock your luggage before departing for Accra and while leaving your rooms for training sessions.


Other information

Weather & Clothing: The Climate in Ghana is Tropical, but temperatures vary with seasons and elevations. In most areas, the highest temperatures occur in March and the lowest in August. July would be the middle of the rainy season in the coastal regions of Ghana, the weather is generally warm in Cape Coast during the day.


Voltage: Ghana uses 220-240 volts AC. The plug in use throughout the country is of the three square pin, 13-amp type (UK system).


Water: It is advisable to always drink bottled water. 


For further information or need for support on logistics, please contact


Mildred Asmah +233 244 404605                            Raymond Bentil +233 205 909 000

Conference Secretariat                                                            Conference Secretariat



N.B: There is a pre-workshop event open to participants, in particular students, on Scientific Writing Skills in Animal Experimentation.

Students who desire the event manual should indicate during registration. A fee of GHC 20.00 would be applicable on-site. 

All are cordially invited.
RSVP: LOC: 233 244 404 605/233 205 909 000