The Australian Code For The Care And Use Of Animals For Scientific Purposes (8th Edition, 2013) 'the Animal Use Code', requires that institutions ensure individuals involved in the care and use of animals understand their responsibilities and the requirements of the Code (2.1.8). This includes the provision of adequate resources for appropriate education and training.

The University of Queensland provides a number of training elements for individuals involved in the care and use of animals at UQ.

Mandatory online course

All UQ staff and students seeking approval from a UQ Animal Ethics Committee for hands-on animal work are required to complete the Animal Ethics Online Training Course. This requirement applies to all participants on Animal Ethics applications, including those added via the modification process. A refresher course is required at three year intervals.

The mandatory online course consists of two lessons and a quiz that together take approximately 1 hour to complete. 

The lessons in this course:

  • inform staff and students of the legislation surrounding the use of animals for scientific purposes
  • describe the University’s policies and requirements as a registered user of animals
  • explain the role of the University’s Animal Ethics Committees
  • explain the responsibilities of staff and students to comply with the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes and to consider the wellbeing of animals throughout their use in research and teaching.

Follow the instructions within the course to complete the lessons and the associated quiz. When you have passed the quiz, take a screen shot of the completion screen for your records.

Biannual seminars

UQ Research delivers a biannual seminar designed to familiarise staff with its functions. The seminar Essential Knowledge for Research Management targets new academic, research, clinical and professional staff involved in research or research management.

Topics covered may include:

  • Funding opportunities and resources
  • Research Grants - Services
  • Information Management and Q Index
  • Metrics and Data Management
  • Research accounting
  • Costing your budgets
  • IP Management
  • Research Partnerships Managers' role
  • Export Controls
  • Risk Management
  • Research Ethics (Animal and Human)
  • Research Integrity
  • Biosafety
  • Graduate School - services and training opportunities.

Roadshows

The Animal Ethics Unit holds roadshows where they visit individual schools, centres, faculties and institutes to present information to staff about the use of animals in research and teaching. Roadshows can be requested by contacting the Animal Ethics Unit Coordinator.

Hands-on training

Before proceeding to animal work, participants must be trained in the procedures that they will be using by relevant, experienced staff. The type of training and the person providing training will depend upon the species being used (ranging from laboratory animals, through to companion animals and wildlife) and the types of procedures that need to be mastered. This often involves a combination of central training and training received by experts in specialised procedures and particular species within schools/centres and institutes.

UQ Biological Resources

Staff at UQ Biological Resources (UQBR) deliver a number of training sessions in best practice when using small animals for research and teaching. The courses are listed and can be booked on the UQBR website or by contacting your Animal Facility Manager.