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Animal Use Decisions


Dissections

Dissection of a whole organism, such as a rat or frog, which has been euthanised by the supplier prior to being obtained by the school, does not require SAEC approval.  However the following principles apply:

  • Schools should only obtain euthanised animals from ethical, licensed suppliers such as the Animal Resource Centre in Murdoch.
  • As with all teaching programs, schools and colleges should consider alternatives to using animals wherever possible. For example online virtual rat dissections can be used to reduce the need for using real rats and incorporate the Replacement principle as stipulated in the Code.
  • Schools must consider reducing the number of animals used; the ratio for using animals in the classroom is one animal per three students and only one pregnant rat per class.
  • Students that are uncomfortable participating in the activity must be given an alternative activity to assist their achievement of the required outcomes.

For more information on the Department of Education's approved dissection procedures, please see the Department of Education Science Laboratory Manual: Biology Techniques.

Animal Use Decisions
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