Ownership and responsibility for animals
Advice about who is responsible of the welfare of animals used by schools.
Animals used in schools may be owned by the school, a teacher or administrator, a student, a parent, a community person or by an organisation.
In general the owner is responsible for the welfare of the animal.
Animal owned by the school
The AWLO is generally responsible for monitoring the use and welfare of all animals in the school. The teacher using the animals is responsible for their care, health needs and welfare at all times, from acquisition to disposal, including during weekends and holidays.
Animal owned by a teacher
The teacher who owns and uses the animal is responsible for its welfare.
Animal owned by a student brought to the school for a visit
The teacher is responsible for the animal’s welfare whilst the animal is at school.
Animal owned by parent, community person or organisation
Apart from livestock, animals may not be loaned to the school. Animals owned by parents, the community or an organisation may be used for category 1 or 2 activities, provided the animal remains under the effective control of the owner.
If native animals are brought to the school by a parent for a visit, the AWLO or teacher should ensure that an appropriate licence is held by the parent or student, prior to allowing the animal to be brought to the school.
Animals on agistment
At different times livestock may be agisted on land that is not owned or leased by the school. Schools are advised to draw up a written agreement between the parties concerned, documenting the roles and responsibilities of each of the parties.