Training and Development

Any member (staff, student or volunteer) of the University who wishes to undertake research or teaching involving animal use or observation is required to undergo training in the ethical use of animals for scientific purposes.

  • All those who will be Primary or Co-applicants on an AEC application, regardless of their actual degree of involvement in animal handling, must attend an approved Animal Ethics Training Session at least once every 3 years
  • All those who will be named as "other" applicants on an AEC application, regardless of their actual degree of involvement in animal handling, must attend an approved Animal Ethics Training Session at least once every 5 years, with the following exception:
    • Honours students who will be participating in animal projects for less than 1 year are strongly encouraged to attend an approved Animal Ethics Training Session, but this is not mandatory 

Attendance at an approved Animal Ethics Training Session must take place as soon as possible after commencing research or teaching at UniSA that involves use of animals.

Approved Animal Ethics Training Sessions*

  • The annual USE OF ANIMALS IN RESEARCH & TEACHING – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW course, usually held in the first quarter each year. This course is co-ordinated by the AECs of the 5 City Institutions - SA Pathology, the University of Adelaide, Women's and Children's Health Network, SAHMRI and UniSA - and is open to staff and students from all 5 Institutions. Anyone using animals for the first time in South Australia are expected to attend this course at the earliest opportunity.
  • An ANIMAL ETHICS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (REFRESHER) COURSE. There are usually two opportunities for professional development for senior researchers each year – a combined course (in conjunction with the 5 City Institutions) in the first quarter each year, and a UniSA-specific workshop in September or October.
  • A 2-HOUR WORKSHOP FOR SMALL GROUPS, devised especially for research groups or teaching programmes, available through Research & Innovation Services. Please contact the Animal Welfare Officer (AWO) and/or the Animal Ethics Officer (AEO) for details.

Upcoming Training Opportunities

Date Course Name How to register
Monday, 15 April 2019

Use of Animals in Research & Teaching - what you need to know

FLENTJE LECTURE THEATRE, UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE
Barr Smith South Building, Level 2

Register Here

Registrations are open until 11 April 2019

Oct/Nov 2019 Animal Ethics Professional Development (Refresher) course TBC

 

* Any member (staff, student or volunteer) of the University who will be handling animals must also undergo induction and training in the necessary handling, training, monitoring, surgical or observational techniques relevant to his/her role in the protocol. Training can be organised with the RIS Training and Compliance Officer or the Animal Welfare Officer (AWO).
The AEC may request that proof of training and competence be submitted in support of any application.