NHMRC Guidelines on the Care of Dogs Used for Scientific Purposes (2009)

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Note: This publication was revoked by NHMRC in 2017. While the content of the document was current at the time of publication, the document is more than five years of age and may no longer reflect current best practice.

These guidelines were published when the use of pound-sourced dogs was a significant issue. This issue is now addressed by state and territory legislation. In addition, current guidance for the care of dogs is provided in other documents published by some state/territory governments, and national and international agencies and organisations.

NHMRC has made this publication available on its internet archives site as a service to the public for information purposes only.


These guidelines have been developed by NHMRC on advice from its Animal Welfare Committee to enhance a culture of continual improvement regarding the welfare of dogs that are used for scientific purposes in laboratories and elsewhere, including feral and wild dogs in the outside environment.

These guidelines should be read in conjunction with the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes 8th edition (2013).