Research Division

Animal Ethics

The University of Tasmania Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) has been established under Tasmanian legislation, to oversee the care and use of animals in research and teaching at the University of Tasmania. University staff and students must obtain approval from the Committee if they wish to carry out ANY investigation that involves vertebrate animals or cephalopods which are alive or which are to be killed specifically for the investigation. Approval must be obtained for both research projects and teaching exercises.

The primary role of the Animal Ethics Committee (AEC), is to ensure that all animal care and use conducted by the University of Tasmania is done in accordance with the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes (8th Edition - 2013) and incorporates the 3R principles of Replacement, Reduction and Refinement.

It is important to note that approval of initial application documentation constitutes ethical clearance by the Animal Ethics Committee. If your project involves the conduct of a Veterinary Service or Other Animal Service as defined in the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1987 (Tas) and Veterinary Surgeons Regulations 2012 (Tas), it is your responsibility to ensure that the project is conducted in accordance with the provisions of the Act and Regulations. Please contact the University Veterinarian Dr Jane Dunnett on +61 6226 7491 or 0499 455 188 to discuss veterinary procedure competency accreditation.

Concerns, complaints or grievances related to animal welfare associated issues at the University of Tasmania

The Responsible Conduct of Research Policy (PDF 67.8KB) of the University of Tasmania set out basic requirements for animal use at UTAS and establish the requirements for UTAS personnel to comply with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes and associated State & Federal legislation, such as the Animal Welfare Act of Tasmania.

From time to time, concerns may be raised relating to an aspect of animal care or use at the University of Tasmania or to the decisions taken by the UTAS Animal Ethics Committee. Concerns should be raised in good faith and should relate to the regulatory or legislative framework under which animal use is approved and conducted at UTAS.

Concerns or complaints will be handled respectfully and promptly and in accordance with the Research Ethics Non-Compliance and Grievance Procedure (available from the Manager, details below). Concerns should be directed, in the first instance, to the Manager, Research Integrity & Ethics Adele Kay or by phone + 61 3 6226 7479 or by mail to Private Bag 01, UTAS, Hobart, Tas 7001

Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes

All UTAS researchers who may use animals in their research should have read and understood the: Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes (2013, 8th Edition) before beginning their project.

Animal Ethics Information and Guides