Animals in Schools
The use of animals for scientific education purposes.
Possibly – if your school is using animals in its programs.
Schools are deemed to be scientific premises and using animals to teach any scientific concept is deemed to be a scientific procedure.
In order to carry out scientific procedures using live animals, any scientific premises must hold a Scientific Procedure Premises Licence (SPPL) (a cost is involved).
Before any scientific procedure can be conducted, the organisation must apply to and seek the approval of the Victorian Schools Animal Ethics Committee (VSAEC).
Where native fauna, covered by the Wildlife Act 1975 (Vic) is kept or used by schools, an additional permit is required (this can be obtained from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning).
You must comply with the Australian Code of Practice for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes and the Code of Practice for the Housing and Care of Laboratory Mice, Rats, Guinea Pigs and Rabbits (if applicable).
You may be in breach of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 (Vic) and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations 2008 (Vic).
Director, School Services
Ph. 03 9825 7211
- Vic DET: School Policy and Advisory Guide – Animals in Schools (includes references to Victorian Schools Animal Ethics Committee (VSAEC))
- Vic DET: Scientific Procedures Premises Licence
- Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
- National Health and Medical Research Council – Australian code of practice for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes