Research Division

University Veterinarian & Ethics Training

University Veterinarian

The University Veterinarians Dr Jane Dunnett and Dr Alex Kreiss are registered Veterinarians who are available to provide advice to staff and students on requirements and responsibilities associated with the care, housing, maintenance and welfare of animals. Dr Dunnett and Dr Kreiss also provide clinical diagnostic and treatment services for animals.

The University Veterinarians are responsible to the Animal Ethics Committee and ensure that the university meets all standards, guidelines and regulations in regard to the care and supervision of animals used in teaching and research. The University Veterinarians are ex-officio members of the AEC and provide advice on the review of applications for ethics approval.

It is a legal requirement that in the case of surgical procedures, researchers MUST be assessed yearly as competent by a University Veterinarian before commencement of experiments. This is in accordance with the Tasmanian Veterinary Surgeons Act 1987 and Regulations 2012. It is the responsibility of researchers to contact the University Veterinarians to arrange for an assessment.

Dr Alex Kreiss
+61 3 6226 2010

Dr Jane Dunnett
+61 3 6226 7491

Please also see the University's Veterinary Services Policy.

Overnight, Weekend and Public holiday Veterinary Service Provision

The University Veterinarians are available for advice and clinical services for animals used in research and teaching between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.
If urgent veterinary advice is required outside these hours or during public holidays, the After Hours Veterinary Emergency Centre (AHVEC) should be contacted (contact details below). If necessary, injured or ill animals can be presented to AHVEC for assessment and treatment. This does not apply to animals held in PC2 facilities. In addition, please refer to Protecting animal welfare in the University Veterinarian's absence, below.

Please note: AHVEC veterinarians are unable to visit University of Tasmania or field sites.
The University will cover the cost of emergency veterinary treatment provided by AHVEC, up to a total amount of $500. Costs above this amount will be the responsibility of the researcher or staff member presenting the animal for treatment.

If you require AHVEC's assistance when the University Veterinarians are unavailable please inform them of the incident upon their return and ensure the Unexpected Adverse Event guidelines are followed.

Contact details:
37 Derwent Park Road

1300 302 912
Monday to Friday: 6pm – 8am
Weekends and public holidays: 24 hours

Protecting animal welfare in the University Veterinarian's absence

During periods when the University Veterinarian is not available to provide immediate oversight of animal welfare (for example, during sick leave), Responsible Investigators and Facility Managers are required to take all reasonable steps to attend promptly to any animals which show signs of poor welfare, illness or suffering. In some instances, this will require humane culling of the animal to prevent further suffering.

Please refer to the Management of animal welfare matters in the University Veterinarian’s absence document for instructions on how to manage welfare concerns in the vet’s absence.

Animal Ethics Training

All investigators and students undertaking research or teaching involving animals at the University of Tasmania are required to complete mandatory animal ethics training.

This is a compulsory requirement for both external and internal investigators and students and complies with section 2.1.8 of the Australian Code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes, which requires that all people involved in the care and use of animals must understand their responsibilities and the requirements of the Code.

The animal ethics training ensures that investigators and students are aware of and understand:

  • legislation surrounding the use of animals for scientific purposes
  • University policies and procedures
  • role of the University’s Animal Ethics Committee, and
  • the responsibilities of investigators and students

Please follow the steps outlined in the instruction sheet (PDF 362KB) to enrol and complete the training. Or, contact to request enrolment in the online module. Once enrolled, follow the instructions within the unit outline available to work through the information and complete the associated quiz. When you have passed the quiz, you will receive a certificate of completion, which is valid for three years.