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Frequently asked questions

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What is a 'scientific purpose'?

Scientific purpose is defined by the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes, 8th Edition 2013, as activities performed to acquire, develop, or demonstrate knowledge or techniques in any area of science, including teaching, field trials, agricultural and environmental studies. Therefore, if animals are used for explicit teaching purposes in order to achieve an educational outcome in science, animal ethics approval is required.

This also applies to standard husbandry procedures and normal farming practices if the animals are being used for explicit teaching purposes.

Refer to Categories of animal use activities for examples.

Scientific purposes also include using any animal or the remains of an animal that was killed for the purposes of any of the above reasons. Anyone using animals for scientific purposes must be registered with Biosecurity Queensland - Animal Welfare and Ethics and obtain approval from an animal ethics committee.

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Last updated 02 October 2018