Animal Ethics: Resources, Training & Support

Training and Support

Animal Ethics Training »

Animal ethics training and theoretical and practical training applicable to research requirements is required before commencing work with animals. Please visit the link above for more information.

Research Ethics Drop-in Sessions »

Obtain personalised advice about your Ethics application at our monthly Drop-in Sessions. Research Ethics Officers will be available to answer questions about the ethics application process. A veterinarian from the veterinary services team will be available to provide advice on developing e.g., humane endpoints, anaesthetics, analgesia.

Frequently Asked Questions in Animal Ethics »

Answers to the commonly asked questions are available in the link above.

Student and Supervisor Responsibilities in Research Ethics »

Research students and supervisors both have responsibilities when it comes to submitting a research ethics application. This page provides an overview of the responsibilities for research students and research supervisors and a handy checklist for where to begin.



Unexpected Adverse Events (UAEs)

If a UAE occurs, the researcher must ActInform and Report. These steps are mandatory, not voluntary.

  • Act: The immediate welfare of the animals is paramount. Remove any obvious hazards; alleviate immediate unexpected pain and distress in the animal.
  • Inform:
    • Notify the ANU Veterinarian ASAP on Ph: 612 51130 (Emergency veterinary assistance, 24/7 on call phone number).
    • Contact the Principal Investigator
    • Contact the animal facility manager (where relevant)
  • Report: Report the UAE to the Animal Experimentation Ethics Committee
    • Fill in the UAE Form, and submit this to
    • Reports must be received by the AEEC within 72 hours of the event occurring. Investigators working in remote locations must submit the written report within 10 days.

    For more information on what is classed as a UAE, and what to do if a UAE has occurred, see:

    Veterinary Advice and Assistance »

    Urgent Matters

    An ANU Vet must be contacted ASAP in all cases where animals become unwell or die unexpectedly (i.e., when not foreshadowed in the approved protocol).

    Emergency veterinary assistance (24/7 on call)
    Ph: 612 51130

    General Support

    ANU Veterinary Services seek to champion the welfare of animals that contribute to the research undertaken at ANU and support research excellence in animal research. ANU Veterinary Services may be contacted via email ( or phone on 6125 1130.



    Alternatives to Animal Research »

    Information on available alternatives to animals and developing alternatives to animals in fundamental research and testing.

    Animal Ethics Newsletters »

    Quarterly email newsletters which contain relevant, up-to-date information about Animal Ethics and upcoming dates for training, events and submission deadlines.


    Other ANU Services

    ANU Statistical Consulting Unit »

    The Statistical Consulting Unit (SCU) can assist with both experimental design and data analysis. The Unit is staffed by experienced practising statisticians who maintain regular contact with other statisticians at the ANU, CSIRO and elsewhere. Consulting support is available, free of charge, to all ANU Honours research students, Higher Degree Research students (e.g. Masters, PhD) and staff.

    Strategic Communications and Public Affairs (SCAPA) »

    Strategic Communications and Public Affairs (SCAPA) is the University's central point for internal and external communication and public affairs. Please contact SCAPA (T: 612 57979, or visit their website) for more information before sharing photographs, videos, research results or comments about your work in the public domain. 

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