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Operating procedures

Topic: Animal Ethics

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SAEC operating procedures

School Animal Ethics Committee (SAEC) approved operating procedures for the care and use of animals in schools and colleges.

The following documents are Schools Animal Ethics approved instructions for the correct care of animals, responses to specific crises and committee functions:


Small scale poultry housing for schools

Keeping chickens


Chicken hatching for teachers

The welfare of chicks must be the first consideration and alternatives to this activity need to be considered before deciding to conduct a chicken hatching activity.


Transition of chicks from brooder to unheated accommodation

Chickens need external heat for survival for about 6 weeks.


Young students handling chicks

Correct handling method.


Fish euthanasia

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


Humane destruction of livestock

These Standards and Guidelines apply to the major commercial livestock species including cattle, sheep and goats, horses, pigs and poultry.


Managing calving cows

Calving difficulty (dystocia) is a major cause of cow and calf deaths.


Downer cows

This SOP applies to both beef and dairy cows.

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