Animals have their own needs and it matters to them how they are treated. We have a duty to provide animals in our care with those needs, – food and water, shelter, the opportunity to behave normally, careful handling, and good health.
Under the Animal Welfare Act 1999, research and teaching involving manipulating live animals may require ethics approval. This requirement also applies to animals used in schools and school activities.
The Schools Animal Ethics Committee was set up in 2005 to help schools, home schools and early childhood centres meet those legal requirements. To read an article explaining everything click here reproduced from Welfare Pulse Issue 5, July 2010.
Not all school projects involving animals require ethical approval from the Committee. For example simply observing behaviour of animals or recording the preferences cats and dogs have for using their right or left paws would not require approval. However most other animal related projects will require approval and proof of approval is usually required for entry into Science Fairs. For more information about whether a project requires approval click here.
The Approval Process
The Schools’ Animal Ethics Committee aims to make the process as easy and as educational as possible.
Students and teachers can apply to the Committee for approval:
The Committee meets during the school year to consider applications. Please ensure that your application is submitted at least 2 weeks before the Committee meets. Approval is required before any work commences.
The 2022 meeting dates are:
Applications can be sent by email to: [email protected]
or by post to:
Schools’ Animal Ethics Committee,
PO Box 37-342
The Schools’ Animal Ethics Committee would appreciate any comments or further suggestions on this website. Please email them to [email protected]