The Animal Ethics Unit has a number of pre-approved UQ standard operating procedures (SOPs) for commonly used protocols/procedures. The relevant Animal Ethics Committees (AECs) consider and approve the SOP before releasing them as resources. They are reviewed every three years.

Use of SOPs can streamline applications by reducing the amount of information to enter and by using procedures that the AECs are familiar with and which are already endorsed in a standard format.

SOPs may be used to complement an AEC application form and save time for the researcher/teacher. Where an SOP from another institution is used, which is not found on the UQ website, it must be attached to the application. The SOP must be cited in the relevant section and must include its number and title (e.g. AHT 53 Intravenous (Femoral) vein cannulation in Rats, DERM/365 Trapping a koala).

Creating a Standard Operating Procedure

Variations in technique from an SOP as written must be stated in the application and the variation described in full. Details of the use of anaesthetic, analgesic or any other information must be provided in the application where the SOP calls for it. 

If an SOP cannot be located in the expected category listed here, please check all other categories.

Information to include when using SOPs

Provide both the number and full name of the SOP (e.g. AHT 21; Rotarod test for rodents, April 2015).

Read the SOP and make sure that no other information is required. For example, if the SOP uses an ‘anaesthetic of choice’ provide details of the anaesthetic including dose, route, volume, needle gauge and frequency of administration.

If your requirements are very similar to the SOP but you need to make minor modifications, provide the SOP number and title, but also provide details of any deviation from the SOP you will need to make.

If the SOP states ‘operator must be experienced’, outline the person/people performing the procedures and their experience. If further training is required, state who will provide the training.

The use of SOPs in this manner only refers to those approved by UQ AECs and published on the UQ Research website. Each application is standalone and so even if the same protocol is used on more than one application, unless they are University SOPs, the full procedural details will need to be provided on each application you make.

Contributing to the SOP database

The Animal Ethics Unit encourages contributions to the UQ SOP database for generic protocols and procedures. Contact the Veterinary Officer for help in preparing SOPs for submission to the AEC for approval.