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Animal Use Decisions


Incursions and excursions (including work experience)

When the purpose of the activity is for students to interact with animals, consideration should be given to alternatives to the temporary introduction of animals to the school or college, such as observing animals in purpose-built facilities, in their natural environment or under field conditions.

(Code, 6.4.4)

Incursions and excursions involving the use of animals to achieve educational outcomes are subject to the categories outlined in these Guidelines. While the school does not have primary responsibility for the care of the animals in these circumstances, it is responsible for the teaching and learning experiences offered to students.

Teachers and lecturers are, therefore, responsible for ensuring that students do not participate in any activities falling outside those approved for the educational context while participating in incursions or excursions.

Incursions

The following actions are suggested in engaging the services of incursions providers:

  • forward copies of the relevant specific species information from Section 2 of these Guidelines to providers so that they are aware of the standards expected by the school as a member of the educational community;
  • consider the principle of Reduction, to ensure that the student-animal ratio does not distress the animal(s);
  • make the providers aware of the level of interaction allowed for the students;
  • advise providers that they must be able to show, on request, appropriate licences for animals such as reptiles, amphibians and native wildlife brought onto school property; and
  • ensure that the students have some knowledge of the needs and behaviours associated with the animals to be observed.

If the welfare of animals in the care of an incursions provider causes concern for staff or students, schools must advise appropriate authorities, such as the RSPCA or the SAEC.

Excursions

The following actions are suggested in engaging the services of excursions providers:

  • visit the facility before taking students so that you are confident about the appropriateness of the care being provided to the animals;
  • consider the principle of Reduction, so that the student-animal ratio does not distress the animals;
  • ensure that the providers are aware of the level of interaction acceptable for the students.
  • ensure that the students have some prior knowledge of the needs and behaviours associated with the animals.

If the welfare of animals in the care of an incursions provider causes concern for staff or students, schools must advise appropriate authorities, such as the RSPCA or the SAEC.

Organisations such as the Perth Zoo, Department of Environment and Conservation and the RSPCA hold scientific licences and have staff dedicated to the development of educational programs that embody the values reflected in these Guidelines and promote understandings about the interdependence of life.

Work experience

Work experience is defined as:

the placement of students in the workplace as an introduction to the work environment.

SAEC approval is not required for formal work experience or agricultural extension work involving routine procedures if the following apply:

  • the animals are on their home properties; and
  • the procedures would normally occur as part of their routine management; and
  • the animals are not subject to any process additional to that which would occur in their routine management.
Animal Use Decisions
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