Animal ethics process

Step 1

Read the Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes, 8th Edition, 2013 and the ethical guidelines for students using animals or animal tissues for educational purposes.

The Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry animal welfare website contains additional information, links and responses to frequently asked questions relating to the scientific use of animals.

Step 2

Complete an application form for either Animal Ethics Research or Animal Ethics Teaching  noting the following:

  • length of answers and spacing between questions is at your discretion
  • typed applications are preferred but if this is not possible, please print legibly. Please ensure that each page is numbered and the document is secured with a clip (not stapled)
  • if a section is inappropriate, write N/A in the section
  • define and explain all technical details, terminology and acronyms in plain English (there are both reserchers and lay members on the committee).

Step 3

Submit the application form to

Step 4

The application will be assessed by the Animal Ethics Committee (refer to meeting dates).

Step 5

A copy of each successful application requiring use of USQ Animal House facilities will be filed in the Animal House.

Step 6

Once approved you will be required to provide an Annual Progress Report during your research and an Annual Progress/Final Report at the end of your research to the Animal Ethics Committee. This is in compliance with the Australian Code of Practice for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes, 8th Edition, 2013,  which is mandatory under the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 (Qld).

A questionnaire for monitoring research involving animals will be sent to you and you will need to complete this and attach to your reports.

Further information

For queries or further information regarding animal ethics and the USQ process for applying for animal ethics clearance, please email or telephone + 61 7 4631 2690.


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