Animal ethics clearance

All proposed use of animals for scientific purposes and teaching at USQ must be assessed by the University's Animal Ethics Committee before an ethical decision can be made on whether or not the use is justified and that the welfare of the animals has been considered.

Categories requiring clearance

Ethics clearance is required if the proposed research involves any:

  • live vertebrate including amphibians birds, fish, mammals and reptiles
  • live pre-natal or pre-hatched creatures in the last half of gestation, for example, a mammalian or reptilian foetus, pre-hatched avian, mammalian or reptilian young and live marsupial young
  • cephalopod invertebrates such as octopus, squid, cuttlefish and nautilus.

Categories not requiring clearance

No clearance is necessary for research in which invertebrates (other than cephalopods, such as octopus, squid, cuttlefish and nautilus) are to be used.


Scientific purposes are all purposes which aim to acquire, develop or demonstrate knowledge or techniques in any area of science including teaching, field trials, environmental studies, research, diagnosis, product testing, and the production of biological products.