Animal Ethics & Welfare

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.

  • 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.

    Animal Ethics Committee website

  • National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

    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. 

  • 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.

  • Animal Welfare-The University Veterinarians

    The University Veterinarians, Dr. Adam O'Connell and Dr. John Finnie are part of the Division of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research & Innovation) and are responsible for the care and health of research and teaching animals across all University campuses.

    For more information about what the University Veterinarians do (formally Animal Welfare Officers), please visit the Animal Welfare Website.