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Animal Care and Ethics

To be able to teach or research with live animals you must lodge an animal research authority application for consideration by the Animal Care and Ethics Committee (ACEC) and have an Animal Research Authority issued before any research can commence. Live animals are defined as non-human vertebrate or higher order invertebrate animals (squid, octopus, nautilus, cuttlefish), including passive observation in the wild, trapping and release and laboratory experiments.

Use the following as a more detailed guide on animal ethics requirements:

  1. Does your teaching or research involve the use, passive observation or collection of:
    • Live non-human vertebrate?
    • Higher-order invertebrates such as cephlapods (octopus, cuttlefish, squid or nautilus)?
    • Collection of vertebrate or higher- order invertebrate (cephalopod) voucher specimens?
    • Collection of Biological Products (Blood, hair samples, animal tissue)?

  2. If you answered YES to any of the items above, you will need to submit an animal ethics application.

  3. Does your teaching or research involve the use, passive observation or collection of:
    • Vertebrate and higher-order invertebrates (cephalopods) in early stages of development (eg. fetal, embryonic or larval forms)?

  4. If you answered YES to the item above, then you MUST seek further advice from the Ethics Office.

  5. Does your teaching or research involve the use, passive observation or collection of:
    • All other invertebrates not listed above?
    • Cadavers?
    • Sourcing of Biological Products (Blood, hair samples, animal tissue) from the holdings of other parties and institutions?

  6. If you answered YES to any of the items above, you will not require Ethics approval. However we RECOMMEND you approach the Chair of the Animal Ethics Committee for further advice.

  7. Are you participating/collaborating on a research project with another university using live animals?

    If you answered YES to any of the above, download the Collaborative Research form (doc) and contact the Ethics Office for further advice. You must notify the ACEC of such activities.