Animal Welfare and Ethics
JCU recognises the significant role animals play in the progression of human knowledge. JCU research projects use animals only when their use is justified and when no other alternatives are available.
Activities involving animals must only be conducted in line with University policy, compliance with relevant legislation and after approval by JCU’s Animal Ethics Committee (AEC). Approvals are only issued if the potential benefits of the work are likely to outweigh the effects on the animals concerned.
The University upholds the principles of reduction, refinement and replacement. Ethical use, appropriate care and respect for animals involved are central to the University’s policy and procedure framework.