At UQ, animals are used for various scientific purposes in both research and in teaching. This includes laboratory research, teaching classes, veterinary science, companion animal and production animal settings, and in the wild (be it terrestrial or marine). All UQ researchers, teaching staff and students using live non-human vertebrates, cephalopods or crustaceans (if working interstate or overseas) require approval from an Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) prior to commencing any animal work.


“Scientific use of animals” means using animals for any: 

  • procedure
  • test
  • experiment
  • inquiry
  • investigation
  • teaching activity
  • study.

“An animal for the purpose of scientific use” means:

  • all vertebrates excluding human beings (e.g. mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles).
  • cephalopods (e.g. octopus, squid, cuttlefish and nautilus).
  • crustaceans (e.g. lobster, crab and crayfish) (only in certain states but not in QLD).

The term “animal” also includes non-human vertebrates, cephalopods and crustaceans in the early stages of their development: 

  • embryonic
  • foetal
  • larval forms.

As a guide, when embryos, foetuses and larval forms have reached half their gestation or incubation period, or they become capable of independent feeding, the potential for the experience of pain or distress in these animals should be considered.

If unsure, contact the Animal Ethics before commencing work.

Work not requiring full Animal Ethics Committee approval

When using vertebrate or higher order invertebrate cadavers, abattoir specimens, previously obtained biological samples, observing animals from a distance or other variations of similar animal use, full approval is not required. In this case you are required to obtain an ANRFA (Approval Not Requiring Full Application), and provide the following information in the form of an email to the AEU.

  • ANRFA - Observational Study - no longer available*
  • ANRFA - Biological Sample and/or Tissue - no longer available*

*Temporary changes to ethics submissions for MyResearch

All ethics submissions temporarily closed at 11.59 pm on Sunday 10 January 2021. Submissions will recommence in MyResearch at 9:00 am Wednesday 27 January 2021. Please see temporary closure of ethics submissions for details.