Under Sections 2.2.27, 2.2.28, and 3.1.12 of the Australian Code of Practice for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes, the principal investigator is required to promptly notify the Deakin University Animal Ethics Committee of any unexpected animal deaths or adverse or unforeseen circumstances, that may impact on an animal’s wellbeing.
What is an unexpected adverse incident?
An unexpected adverse incident in an activity using animals for scientific purposes is anything that meets the following criteria:
unexpected = not as described in the Animal Ethics Committee approved proposal or subsequent documents to the Animal Ethics Committee, i.e. unexpected by the Animal Ethics Committee during its assessment of the application, an event not taken into consideration by the Animal Ethics Committee when assessing the welfare impact, benefit and justification of the activity.
adverse = opposing the animal's interests or desire, i.e. not good from the animal's point of view, including being painful and/or distressing.
- Contact the Animal Welfare Officer/Animal House Manager promptly
- AWO: Nick Branson (ph: 522 72726) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Animal House Manager: Adrian Cooper (ph: 522 72064) email@example.com
- Animal House Manager: Rod Collins (ph: 522 73063) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Complete an Adverse Incident Report and send it to the AEC Secretary