This online course is designed for students using animals or animal tissue in research projects. The use of animals in research requires careful consideration of a range of legal, ethical and technical issues.

In Australia, there is a national Code of Practice which sets out the principles which guide the decision to use animals and how they are used. This Code also outlines the pivotal role of Animal Ethics Committees in the oversight of all aspects of animal use and to provide an important link to the wider community. This Code and the Animal Ethics Committee system set the ethical, social and scientific framework for our use of animals is research.

The welfare of the animals used in research projects is of paramount importance. As a researcher you are ultimately responsible for the welfare of the animals you use.