Animal Care and Ethics Committee
Monitoring of Animal Well-being by Researchers
The Animal Care and Ethics Committee expects that animals will be monitored on a daily basis (including week-ends and public holidays), except in those circumstances which makes it impossible to do so and is agreed to by the ACEC.
"Once an animal is allocated to a project, the investigator or teacher is responsible for the day-to-day monitoring of its wellbeing. prior to this allocation, it is the responsibility of the animal facility manager". (Clause 2.2.26, Australian Code, enacted under the NSW Animal Reserach Act).
Monitoring Checklist Templates (web page)
- Monitoring Responsibility (PDF)
- ACEC Guidelines
- NHMRC "Guidelines to promote the wellbeing of animals used for scientific purposes: The assessment and alleviation of pain and distress in research animals"
- ACEC guidelines - Perception and measurement of pain
- Adverse events or unexpected effects - Guidelines for action
- Selecting humane endpoints
- Care of chronically instrumented animals