University of Technology Sydney

60102 Ethics in Animal Research

2cp; This subject is delivered online only and is self-paced.
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This subject is designed to introduce the concepts of animal ethics inside the context of ethical and humane use of animals in research, both in the laboratory and in their natural environment. This course consists of three modules that introduce students to the use and importance of animals in research; delve into the legislation, regulation and guidelines that govern the ethical use of animals in research; and also highlight the importance and maintenance of research animals' wellbeing. This subject focuses on the broad definition of animal research recognised by the Australian legal system and includes activities such as teaching, medical research, testing of biologicals/pharmaceuticals, wildlife studies, and agricultural field trials. Students also learn about the humane and ethical treatment of animals in research; how it is strictly governed and monitored by legislation, regulations and guidelines, as well as care and ethics committees.

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