The University of Newcastle, Australia

Are animals used in research at UON treated humanely?

Animal research is strictly regulated, with approval only granted for animal research when the information cannot be obtained in any other way. The results need to be considered sufficiently important to justify the use of animals.

Researchers must adhere to rigorous ethical, scientific and legal guidelines when utilising animals in their work.

The NHMRC (National Health and Medical Research Council) provides support and advice on animal ethics, which can be used in conjunction with the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes. This code promotes ‘the ethical, humane and responsible care for use of animals for scientific purposes.’

All UON researchers who work with animals in their research must adhere to the duty of care outlined by the University of Newcastle Animal Care and Ethics Committee: a team (ACEC) which oversees the care and use of animals in research and teaching at UON.

Before any animal can be used for research or training purposes approval must be obtained from the ACEC.

Animals are kept and treated humanely to limit and stress they may experience. They’re well-fed, well housed and kept infection free.

The University’s Animal Services Unit routinely monitors the health of the animals held in its facilities. The Animal Welfare Officer can provide advice on monitoring protocols, interpretation of results and advice on the health of imported animals.