Animal Ethics Overview

The Australian National University's (ANU) Animal Experimentation Ethics Committee (AEEC) approves, monitors and regulates the use of animals in research and teaching carried out at ANU, and ensures that all research involving animals is conducted in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council's (NHMRC) Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes and the ACT Animal Welfare Act 1992. Other important guidelines include The NHMRC's Guidelines to Promoting the Wellbeing of Animals used for Scientific Purposes and A Guide to the Care and Use of Australian Native Mammals in Research and Teaching.

AEEC approval is required before any research or teaching involving animals can commence, this includes observation only studies. The definition of animal being: any live non-human vertebrate (that is, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals encompassing domestic animals, purpose bred animals, livestock, wildlife), adult decapod crustaceans and cephalopods. The use of animal cadavers may also require prior ethics approval. Please contact the animal ethics office on 02 6125 4290 if you require assistance.

An overview of the Animal Ethics Submission Process (new protocols and amendments) is available in this flowchart. A quick guide to applying for animal ethics approval can be found at Quick Guide.

Group of Eight Statement on the Use of Animals in Research

The Group of Eight (Go8) represents the coalition of research-intensive universities in Australia and all of the Go8 universities have strong health, biological and biomedical research programs that sometimes require the use of animals. Read the full statement: Go8 Statement on the Use of Animals in Research

Reporting animal welfare concerns

Animal welfare concerns may arise when the humane and ethical treatment of animals is not upheld. This may occur in animal holding rooms, production rooms the laboratory or in the field, and may constitute a breach of the Australian code of practice for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes. 

Anyone concerned about the welfare of animals at the ANU should report their concerns to the Executive Officer of the ANU Animal Ethics Committee. Please be assured that concerns will be treated confidentially and sympathetically.  Any such concerns will be discussed at a full meeting of the Animal Experimentation Ethics Committee; membership of the Committee includes animal welfare and community representatives.

Please report animal welfare concerns to or T: 6125 4290



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