In order to achieve high standards of animal care and welfare, compliance and research outcomes those working with animals must be competent, skilled and knowledgeable in the activities they undertake.
JCU offers training in the following areas:
As of February 2018, it will be a requirement for AEC approval that all people working on a project have completed this training.
This training covers the following topics:
Training can be provided as a one-on-one, small groups or larger groups to suit your availability and will be designed to suit your area of work and type of animal use.
The Code states:
1.29 People who care for and use animals must ensure that procedures are performed competently, and
(i) be competent for the procedure they perform, or
(ii) be under the direct supervision of a person who is competent to perform the procedure
All staff involved in animal work must receive the appropiate training and be supervised until they reach a level of competency where they can work unsupervised and this training and assessment of competency must be documented, with the records available to the AEC when reviewing AEC Applications.
Training records are kept in LearnJCU and a statement of attainment can be provided to staff and used as evidence of their training and competency when applying to AECs of other institutions.
LearnJCU is a repository for AEC-approved SOPs, which can be accessed and used when applying for AEC approval (as outlined in Application Process) and also used in training. For access to the LearnJCU Animal Welfare Community, contact the Animal Welfare Officer and provide your JCU staff or student number (this is your "JC" number provided by the University).
All staff must receive a facility induction to the animal facilities they will be working in, before they will be given access to these facilities. Contact the Facility Manager of the animal facilities you will be working in to arrange an induction.