Laboratory Animal Services will demonstrate a commitment to the purpose of the Australian code of practice for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes, specifically, to ensure the humane care of animals used for scientific purposes, including teaching.
Australian Information Relating to Animal Ethics & Welfare
Adelaide University: Animal Ethics Committee
Adelaide University is licensed under the SA Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act to acquire and use animals only when approval has been granted by its Animal Ethics Committee. No animal may be held or used for any purpose until written approval has been obtained from the Committee. All University personnel who wish to use animals for teaching, research or experimentation must obtain ethical approval from the Adelaide University Animal Ethics Committee prior to any use or involvement with animals, irrespective of where they are located, where animals may be housed or used, or the source of funding. All student projects must receive Adelaide University ethical clearance. Relevant policies and procedures as well as application documents are available at the Animal Ethics Committee website. Please read the guideline information before submitting an application for ethical approval to the Committee.
NHMRC is Australia's peak body for health and medical research; for health advice; and for ethics in health care and in health and medical research.
NH&MRC is a statutory authority within the portfolio of the Australian Commonwealth Minister for Health and Family Services, established by the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992. The strategic intent of the NHMRC is to work with others for the health of all Australians, by promoting informed debate on ethics and policy, providing knowledge based advice, fostering a high quality and internationally recognised research base, and applying research rigour to health issues. Please see The Inside Guide for information on the current NHMRC committee structure and its areas of activity.
The Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching (ANZCCART)
ANZCCART was established in 1987 in response to concerns in both the wider and the scientific communities about the use of animals in research and teaching. ANZCCART is an independent body which has been developed to provide a national focus for these issues. Through its varied activities ANZCCART seeks to promote effective communication and cooperation between all those concerned with the care and use of animals in research and teaching.
The University's Animal Welfare Officer, Dr. Denise Noonan, is part of the Division of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research) and is responsible for providing clinical veterinary services and monitoring animal welfare within the University. She promotes awareness of best practice in the care of animals and ensures standards required by the University and the Australian Code of Practice are observed and the decisions of the Animal Ethics Committee are complied with. Her website is: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/research/researchers/animalwelfare
International Information Relating to Animal Ethics & Welfare
University Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW)
UFAW is a unique scientific and technical animal welfare organisation. It uses scientific knowledge and established expertise to improve the welfare of animals as pets, in zoos, laboratories, on farms and in the wild. UFAW does not campaign but funds research, holds symposia, gives advice to Government and others and produces publications on animal welfare. We believe that UFAW is the rational charity to support if you wish to advance our understanding of animal welfare.
Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC)
The CCAC was established nearly thirty years ago and has resulted in increased levels of awareness and sensitivity to the ethics of animal experimentation amongst scientists and investigators. The Council encourages the Replacement, Reduction and Refinement of animal use, wherever possible. We hope that this site will provide you with easy access to information about our work to improve animal care and use across Canada.
Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Science (CALAS)
CALAS is composed of a multidisciplinary group of people and institutions concerned with the care and use of laboratory animals in research, teaching and testing. From coast to coast, membership includes veterinarians, physicians, researchers, administrators, technicians and many others.
Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR)
The Institute for Laboratory Animal Research develops guidelines and disseminates information on the scientific, technological, and ethical use of animals and related biological resources in research, testing, and education. ILAR promotes high-quality, humane care of animals and the appropriate use of animals and alternatives. ILAR functions within the mission of the National Academy of Sciences as an adviser to the federal government, the biomedical research community, and the public.
Laboratory Animal Services will …strive for continuous improvement in animal husbandry through the training and development of the animal care officers and investigators.