Animal Ethics

Non Government Schools Animal Ethics Committee

The Association of Independent Schools and the Catholic Education Office manages the Non Government Schools Animal Ethics Committee on a two year rotational basis.

Annual Report for 2018 emailed to Jane Pike

New Applications, Adverse Events and requests for Dissection for 2019 emailed to Dominic Eaton.

Year Coordinator Email Contact Telephone
2019/2020 CESA Dominic Eaton 8301 6600
2021/2022 AISSA Jane Pike 8179 1421
2023/2024 CESA Dominic Eaton 8301 6600
2025/2026 AISSA

 

2018 ANIMAL ETHICS WORKSHOP

Documentation relating to the Workshop held on 9th November 2018 can be accessed below.

 

FORMS

Please find below recently updated forms which may be downloaded for use:

The following are examples of well written and detailed APPLICATIONS for:

CLICK HERE for an example of a well written and detailed ADVERSE EVENT report

CLICK HERE for an example of Animal Feed Care and Health Records.  There are two different styles within the same document.  These can be adapted to the schools needs and are a necessary part of animal keeping.

Procedures

The NGSAEC procedures, are the result of a combined effort between the Department for Education AEC and the NGSAEC. These will be a continual work in progress and input from schools is welcomed by our committee. Any feedback or suggestions, changes to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) or new SOPs can be tabled for consideration by our committee.  The intent is to keep the SOPs across all three sectors the same. Updates will filter through to schools on a regular basis with updates available here as soon as approved.

 

All schools have received copies of the Procedures Manual.  Where schools have an Agricultural program an additional copy was sent for the use of the Head of Agricultural Studies (or similar).  The NGSAEC Procedures Manual for animals kept in schools provides schools with the guidelines to seek approval to keep animals in schools. The approval process is as follows:

  • Category 1: must be approved by the Principal / Director.
  • Category 2can be approved by the Principal / Director or delegated Animal Ethics Focus Person or teacher provided that the Standard Operating Procedure for the care of the animal as per the guidelines is followed.
  • Category 3approval is required by the Principal / Director provided that the Standard Operating Procedure for the care of the animal as per the guidelines is followed.
  • Categories 4 -5: requires approval by the Animal Ethics Committee.
Forms

Application to keep Animals in Schools for Science and Teaching Purposes

This form must be completed for applications for animals to kept at schools that fall into Category 4 or 5 or Non Listed Activities for the period 1 May to 30 April each year. The form should be returned to the Committee by 31 March in year to the address shown above.  Emailed copies are preferred.  Where Category 2 or 3 activities are performed in conjunction with Category 4 or 5 activities these activities must be included. Where an activity is not listed in the procedure manual this application form must be completed and sent to the AEC for approval. Animals kept at schools that fall into Category 2 or 3 must be approved, as per the manual, by the Principal or delegated officer. These animals must be cared for as described in the SOP contained in the manual. If an animal is not cared for in line with the SOP a full application to the NGSAEC must be made.

Request for Approval to Use Animals for Dissections

This form is to be completed where schools are performing dissections and must be submitted to the NGSAEC for approval. These forms should be sent to the address shown above.  Emailed copies are preferred.  All requests for approval to dissect animals must be submitted and approved prior to the activity being carried out.

 

Adverse Events Form

Where an animal becomes ill, injured, dies or other unexpected incident directly affecting the health and wellbeing of an animal this must be reported to the NGSAEC within 7 days of the event occurring.  This applies to any animal cared for at the school.  These forms should be sent to the address shown above.  Emailed copies are preferred.

 

Applications for Category 2 and 3 Animals

Applications for Category 2 & 3 activities require the approval of the School Principal. Please refer to the Standard Operating Procedures for more detailed information.

Workshop Downloads

A workshop was conducted on 9 November 2018 for Animal Ethics Focus Persons.  The documents below may help you with your applications.

CLICK HERE for PowerPoint Presentation in PDF format entitled “NGS Animal Ethics Workshop – How to apply for and look after Animals in Schools”

CLICK HERE for an example of a well written and detailed ADVERSE EVENT report

CLICK HERE for an example of Animal Feed Care and Health Records.  There are two different styles within the same document.

The following are examples of well written and detailed APPLICATIONS for:

Aquaculture and Fish

Please find below some valuable resources for schools that keep fish as part of their School Curriculum.  The NGSAEC have been granted approval to use these documents:

Australian Government DAFF Aquatic Animal Welfare Guidelines
Fish and Fisheries – Can fish really feel pain?
Flinders Uni SOP for the use of Marine and Aquaculture Facilities
Flinders Uni SOP for Working with Fish
Information on Euthanasia of Fish

 

General Information and Useful Links

Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching Limited (ANZCCART)
The Animal Welfare Act 1985
Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes 2013