Animal Care & Ethics
Charles Sturt University has a commitment to excellence in research and teaching. Appropriate use of animals for scientific purposes is part of this commitment. Positive welfare of animals is a high priority at all times.
You have a personal and legal responsibility for the welfare of animals.
The animals that need to have ACEC approval are all vertebrates and cephalopods. You cannot use these animals without ACEC approval.
The ACEC will consider the ethics and scientific merit of animal use, as well as animal welfare.
You must consider and apply the ‘3Rs’ in your teaching or research activities. The 3Rs are Replacement, Reduction and Refinement.
The University has obligations as a licensed research establishment and animal supplier. Individuals also have obligations under legislation. Significant penalties apply for failure to meet these obligations.
Teaching and research using animals cannot start without approval from the ACEC.