A Guide to the care and use of Australian native mammals in research and teaching (the Guide) supports implementation of the Australian Code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes (8th edition, 2013) and ensures that the specific and unique needs of Australian native mammals are met when these animals are used for scientific purposes. The Guide provides information for investigators, teachers, institutions, animal ethics committees and all people involved in the care and use of Australian native mammals for scientific purposes.
The Guide provides updated information on general considerations related to the care and use of Australian native mammals across 22 chapters on individual species. The Guide seeks to ensure that any care and use of Australian native mammals for scientific purposes is ethical, humane, responsible and accords with current best practice.
The Guide replaces the two previous guidelines A Guide to the use of Australian Native Mammals in Biomedical Research - Sections 1-3 and A Guide to the use of Australian Native Mammals in Biomedical Research - Section 4: Care of individual species.
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NHMRC expert working committee involved with the development of the Guide
An expert working committee provided advice on the development of the Guide. The membership of this working committee comprised experts in the care and use of Australian native mammals and animal welfare. Member information and disclosures of interest can be found
Public consultation was undertaken in March-May in 2012 and 44 submissions were received from a broad range of stakeholders. The non-confidential submissions to the public consultation can be viewed at the NHMRC Public Consultation website.
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