Advice about the management and care of rats for NSW schools.
Using these notes
- have been written to be consistent with community, industry and research and teaching based animal welfare legislation
- apply to all schools in NSW, government and non-government
- contain standards (in bold italics at the beginning of each section) and guidelines. The standards must be met by schools, in accordance with the requirements of the Animal Research Authority. The guidelines are the desirable practices to achieve desirable animal welfare outcomes
- reflect available scientific knowledge, current practice and community expectations.
Each section of these notes lists any approved activities, with their approved categories, that are applicable to rats. A complete list of the approved activities for all species can be found in Approved activities.
Category 4 and 5 activities may be undertaken by students only if prior written approval from the Schools Animal Care and Ethics Committee (SACEC) has been obtained using Application form 1.
Before a teacher demonstrates a category 5 activity to students, the teacher must have written certification from the SACEC. Certification is sought using Application form 4.