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These notes are for the species most commonly kept or most suitable for keeping in schools and contain standards that must be met by schools.


All schools in NSW must satisfy the requirements of the Animal Research Act 1985 (NSW) and the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes.

Application forms

Many activities using animals have blanket approval under the Animal Research Authority. For activities not blanket approved, approval from the Schools Animal Care and Ethics Committee (SACEC) must be sought.


Advice about specific issues related to the use of animals in schools.


Resources designed for use by teachers in NSW schools.

About us

The advice on the Animals in schools website is supported by the Schools Animal Care and Ethics Committee and is an outcome of the collaboration of the three NSW school sectors.

Developed by

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Sally Bannerman
Animal Welfare Coordinator

Tel: (02) 7814 2631

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