Office of Research Ethics and Integrity

Required training

To achieve high standards of animal welfare and scientific outcomes, it is essential that all persons involved in the care and use of animals have the necessary skills and knowledge.

Consistent with the Animal Code, QUT requires that any person wishing to conduct an animal research or teaching project complete online training and any necessary practical training. We also provide training by request to schools, institutes, or faculties.

1. Online training

All project team members (including students) must complete online training on legislation, codes, guidelines and QUT policies and procedures relating to the care and use of animals for scientific purposes. An animal ethics application cannot be approved until all investigators listed on the application have successfully completed training, unless approval of equivalent qualifications/training has been granted.

This online training is divided into four modules.

  1. The Animal Code’s governing principles (20 minutes)
  2. Animal wellbeing (30 minutes)
  3. Investigator responsibilities (15 minutes)
  4. Roles and responsibilities of the University Animal Ethics Committee (15 minutes)

Each module is concluded by an assessment. To successfully complete this training, you must achieve at least 80% of answers correct in every assessement. Participants will receive a certificate acknowledging their successful completion of the training.

The training is valid for 3 years and OREI will provide electronic reminders to investigators who hold training certification.

Access the online training

Recognition of equivalent training

QUT recognises that investigators may have completed equivalent training elsewhere. Investigators may apply for recognition of equivalent training if they can demonstrate their successful completion of equivalent training and/or qualifications from another recognised Institution. Email us for more information and to apply.

2. Practical training

All investigators involved in the care and use of animals for scientific purposes must also undertake the appropriate practical training to ensure they are competent to care and use the animals as proposed in an application (including handling and procedures, e.g. monitoring, anaesthesia, euthanasia, intubation, etc). Investigators can also apply for recognition of current practical competency.

Investigators can receive practical training and assessment in the following ways:

  • For laboratory rabbits, rats or mice:
    • complete QUT’s practical training course and assessment in the care and use of rabbits, rats or mice (conducted by qualified MERF staff, email MERF to request this training); and/or
    • complete practical training and assessment within the project, whilst under the direct supervision of a person competent in the procedures (investigatory team and/or delegate).
  • For other species, including wildlife species: complete practical training and assessment under the direct supervision of a person competent in the procedures (investigatory team and/or delegate).

An application to the Committee must outline whether investigators are competent in the procedures to be carried out in the project and for the proposed species, or if they require supervision and/or training.

If an investigator will not perform any work with live animals for the duration of the project, and therefore does not require supervision, training or assessment of competency, this should be outlined in an application.

Training records must be signed off and available for inspection by the Committee, and other external reviewers, at any stage. A template training record is provided in the application kit.

NOTE: Ethics applications may be approved prior to completion of animal practical training; if so, investigators must work under proper supervision until practical training is successfully completed.

Recognition of current practical competency

Recognition of current practical competency is the formal acknowledgement of an investigator’s current skills and knowledge in a particular procedure and animal species.

An investigator may apply for recognition of current practical competency if they can provide evidence to demonstrate:

  • successful completion of equivalent practical training and/or qualifications from another recognised Institution (for each procedure and species identified); and/or
  • significant practical experience (normally equivalent to 2-3 years' experience) in the procedures and species identified.

The Chair approves an application following an assessment of the information provided.

Email us to apply for recognition of current practical competency.