The Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes (the Code) requires that institutions ensure individuals involved in the care and use of animals understand their responsibilities and the requirements of the Code (2.1.8). This includes the provision of adequate resources for appropriate education and training.

The University of Queensland (UQ) provides a number of training elements for individuals involved in the care and use of animals at UQ. These include:

All UQ staff and students seeking approval from a UQ Animal Ethics Committee for hands on animal work are required to complete the Animal Ethics Online Training Course. This requirement applies to all participants on Animal Ethics Applications, including those added via the Modification process. A refresher course is required at three year intervals.

The mandatory online course consists of two lessons and a quiz that together take approximately 1 hour to complete. Use the link below to access the Blackboard course:

Animal Ethics Mandatory Online Training Course

The lessons in this course:

  • inform staff and students of the legislation surrounding the use of animals for scientific purposes;
  • describe the University’s policies and requirements as a registered user of animals;
  • explain the role of the University’s Animal Ethics Committees; and
  • explain the responsibilities of staff and students to comply with the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes and to consider the wellbeing of animals throughout their use in research and teaching.

Follow the instructions within the course to complete the Lessons and the associated Quiz. When you have passed the Quiz, the Animal Ethics Unit will receive a confirmatory e-mail, for UQR&I files. You will receive an acknowledgement email for your own records within a few days of completing the course.

UQ Research and Innovation (UQR&I) delivers a biannual seminar designed to familiarise staff with the many functions of UQR&I. The Seminar “Essential Knowledge for Research Management” targets new Academic, Research, Clinical and Professional staff involved in research or research management.
Topics covered may include:

  • Funding opportunities and resources
  • Research Grants – Services
  • Information Management and Q Index
  • Metrics and Data Management
  • Research Accounting
  • Costing your budgets
  • IP Management
  • Research Partnerships Managers' role
  • Export Controls
  • Risk Management
  • Research Ethics (Animal and Human)
  • Research Integrity
  • Biosafety
  • Graduate School - Services and training opportunities.

The Researcher Development website has further information about training activities undertaken by UQR&I.

The Animal Welfare Unit hold Roadshows where they visit individual Schools, Centres, Faculties and Institutes to present information to staff about the use of animals in research and teaching. Roadshows can be requested by contacting the Animal Ethics Unit Coordinator.

Before proceeding to animal work, participants must be trained in the procedures that they will be using, by relevant, experienced staff. The type of training and the person providing training will depend upon the species being used (ranging from laboratory animals, through to companion animals and wildlife) and the types of procedures that need to be mastered. This often involves a combination of central training and training received by experts in specialised procedures and particular species within Schools/Centres and Institutes.

Staff at UQ Biological Resources (UQBR) deliver a number of training sessions in best practice when using small animals for research and teaching. The courses are listed and can be booked on the UQBR website or by contacting your animal facility manager.

The Animal Welfare Unit provides training in large animal handling and procedures, organised in conjunction with the relevant Schools undertaking this work at UQ. These workshops are held subject to sufficient numbers of participants. For further information on scheduling, please contact the Animal Ethics Unit Coordinator or UQR&I Consultant Veterinarian (