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Schools Animal Ethics Committee

Topic: Animal Ethics

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About the Schools Animal Ethics Committee

The Schools Animal Ethics Committee (SAEC) acts as the animal ethics committee for all licensed schools and agricultural colleges in Western Australia. This committee is responsible for ensuring that the use of animals in schools and colleges complies with the Animal Welfare Act 2002 (AWA Act) and the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes, 8th Edition 2013, updated 2021 (the Code).

The SAEC services the following institutions and their associated schools and colleges:

  • Department of Education (DoE)
  • Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia (AISWA)
  • Catholic Education Office of Western Australia (CEWA)

 

SAEC Executive Officers

Department of Education schools and general enquiries:
Mikaela Ciprian
[email protected]
9264 5202

AISWA member schools:
Chris Witt
[email protected]
9441 1671

Catholic schools:
Caterina Di Carlantonio
[email protected]
9380 1729

SAEC meeting dates

Applications must submitted via the online Animal Ethics System two weeks prior to the SAEC meeting date. Applications received after the cut-off date may be deferred to the next meeting. Contact your executive officer as soon as possible if there is difficulty submitting an application prior to the cut-off date.

MeetingDateApplication cut-off date
Term 1 
Meeting 222 March 20227 March 2022
Term 2 
Meeting 310 May 202225 April 2022
Meeting 414 June 202230 May 2022
Term 3 
Meeting 52 August 202218 July 2022
Meeting 66 September 202222 August 2022
Term 4 
Meeting 725 October 202210 October 2022
Meeting 822 November 20227 November 2022

 

Terms of Reference

The role of the SAEC is to ensure that the use of animals for scientific purposes is justified, provides for the welfare of those animals and incorporates the principles of Replacement, Reduction and Refinement.

 The Terms of Reference of the Schools Animal Ethics Committee is to:

  • Approve guidelines for the care of animals that are bred, held and used for scientific purposes on behalf of the institution;
  • Monitor the acquisition, transportation, production, housing, care, use and fate of animals;
  • Recommend to the institution any measures needed to ensure that the standards of the Code are maintained;
  • Appoint, re-appoint, or retire members according to procedures developed by the institution in consultation with the SAEC;
  • Require that all members declare any conflict of interest;
  • Deal with situations in which a conflict of interest arises;
  • Examine and approve, approve subject to modification, or reject applications for the use of animals for scientific purposes;
  • Approve only those studies for which animals are essential and justified and which conform to the requirements of the Code.  This should take into consideration factors including ethics, the impact on the animal or animals and the anticipated scientific educational value;
  • Inform the teacher and principal responsible when non-compliance is detected, either by phone call, email or letter, depending on the severity of the non-compliance.  Instances of non-compliance will be added to a register that will be monitored for repeat offenders.  Repeat offenders may receive a short-term ban on activities using animals;
  • Assist teachers in charge of the non-compliant activity to ensure they are aware of their responsibilities for future activities;
  • Withdraw approval for any project when non-compliance with the Code significantly impacting animal wellbeing is detected;
  • Ensure veterinary details are provided by the school in case the emergency treatment or euthanasia of any animal is required;
  • Examine and comment on all institutional plans and policies that may affect the welfare of animals used for scientific purposes;
  • Maintain a record of applications and projects;
  • Comply with the reporting requirements of the institution and the Code; and
  • Perform all other duties required by the Code.

The Terms of reference should be considered in conjunction with the SAEC operating procedures.

 

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SAEC operating procedures

The Schools Animal Ethics Committee (SAEC) acts as the animal ethics committee for schools and colleges in Western Australia that hold a licence to use animals for scientific purposes.

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Complaints and grievance processes

The Schools Animal Ethics Committee (SAEC) is committed to an efficient and fair resolution of complaints. There is a recognition that fairness relates both to the complainant and the complainer.

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SAEC membership package

Information relating to committee roles and functions, including membership and category information.

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SAEC Terms of Reference

The role of the SAEC is to ensure that the use of animals for scientific purposes is justified, provides for the welfare of those animals and incorporates the principles of replacement, reduction and refinement.

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