Animals play an invaluable role in understanding and treating human diseases. Curtin University is committed to ensuring ethical, humane and responsible care and use of animals used for scientific purposes through compliance with the Animal Welfare Act (WA) and the Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes.
All research involving animals at Curtin, including observations of animal behaviour in their natural habitat, requires approval from the Curtin Animal Ethics Committee. Membership of the committee is such that it is free from bias, consisting of academics as well as members of the community who are animal advocates committed to the welfare of animals.
Projects are rigorously reviewed before approval and must meet the “three Rs”:
- The replacement of animals with other methods. Curtin only endorses the use of animals in research when it is absolutely necessary and no other methods can achieve the research outcome.
- The reduction in the number of animals used by good experimental design and use of statistics. Curtin will only approve the minimum number of animals required to achieve the research outcome.
- The refinement of techniques used to minimise adverse impact. Curtin will only approve methods that minimise cruelty and suffering to animals.
Animals are monitored routinely while in the care of Curtin University and an experienced veterinarian is onsite to monitor the welfare of animals.
In teaching, Curtin encourages the use of technology to teach students about physiology and biology. In rare cases where animals are used for teaching, these activities are reviewed, approved and monitored by the Animal Ethics Committee.
Curtin recognises, through a conscientious objector procedure, that some students and staff may have a conscientious belief in relation to a particular form of animal use that is in conflict with teaching, assessment practices and/or fieldwork education.
For animal ethics applications and approval forms, please log into InfoEd.