Animal services

The University of Newcastle undertakes a range of biomedical and biological research, some of which may involve animals.

We know this can be a challenging subject.  That’s why we are firmly committed to the ethical treatment of animals involved in research. We also ensure approved studies have merit and are conducted with integrity and scientific rigour.

We have an independent Animal Care and Ethics Committee which oversees the welfare of the animals in our care.  It includes community members, animal welfare representatives, veterinary scientists and academics.

We also have an animal welfare officer who monitors the well-being of animals involved in research and provides veterinary services.

How animals are used in research?

Animals can be involved in research in different ways.

  • For some studies, researchers use non-invasive methods such as conducting surveys or analysing urine, faeces, blood or tissue samples.
  • For other studies, researchers may use animal models that help them assess the complex physiological functions in living organisms.
  • Scientists also carry out conservation research aimed at protecting a range of endangered native species.

Any University of Newcastle study that involves animals must be approved by our independent Animal Care and Ethics Committee.

Researchers also must abide by a strict legislative framework and ensure their research meets the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes.

What animals are used at the University?

More than 95% of the animals involved in University of Newcastle studies are mice and rats.

We also conduct research that helps us protect a range of amphibians and marine species.

We’re working with veterinarians to trial and introduce radiation therapies that help treat dogs and horses with cancer.

We’re partnering with industry to improve fertility rates in horses and livestock

Our clinical toxicology research group looks for better ways to treat people bitten by snakes and spiders.

Our team can help researchers with:

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