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Guidelines and standard operating procedures

Topic: Animal ethics

Year Level
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  • Science
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SAEC guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOPs)

The following documents are Schools Animal Ethics Committee (SAEC) approved guidelines and SOPs for the care and use of animals for teaching scientific outcomes in schools:


Chicken hatching for teachers

Follow this SOP for teaching scientific outcomes by hatching chicks in the classroom.


Guidelines for chick handling

Follow these guidelines to handle chicks in a gentle and safe way.


Guidelines for disposal of dead animals

Follow these guidelines to dispose of animals that have passed away or unhatched eggs.

Animals in Public Schools Guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

The following documents are approved guidelines and SOPs for the care and non-teaching use of animals in public schools:


Small scale poultry housing for schools

Information to help schools keep chickens on their sites.


Transition of chicks from brooder to unheated accommodation

These guidelines are to assist schools or families that adopt chicks from egg hatching activities in transitioning chicks to their adult home.


Fish euthanasia

Euthanasia is the bringing about of a gentle and easy death, without pain or distress.

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