Applying for animal ethics approval

All staff, students, and external researchers seeking to conduct research involving animals at the University of New England are required to receive approval from the Animal Ethics Committee prior to begining the research. These forms should be used to apply.

Please note that applications on the old forms will not be accepted. We advise that you download the forms each time you need them because updates to the documents/forms are made regularly.

Guidelines on how to apply for ethics approval

Complete your application form for ethics approval

Your completed application form for ethics approval must be sent to the Animal Ethics Committee.

A sample of a completed application form will be available soon as a guide to work from.

Species Lists, Procedures, Monitoring Sheets and Purpose

Species category numbers - refer to question B8 on the application form.

Procedures list - refer to question B9 on the application form.

Intensive Observation Monitoring Sheet - refer to question B9 on the application form.

Anaesthetic/Surgical Monitoring Sheet - refer to question B9 on the application form.

Purpose list - refer to question B11 on the application form.

CART Bookings, Adverse Event and Post-mortem Reports

CART Booking Form - to be completed if research is to be conducted in the Centre for Animal Research & Teaching (CART)

Unexpected Adverse Event Report - to be completed and submitted to within 24 hours of the event

Post-mortem Report Template - to be completed and submitted to within 2 weeks of the death

Sample Information Sheet & Consent Form

These templates must be submitted with applications where the researchers are using privately owned animals.  Please modify these forms so that they align with your project.  They are samples only giving you a starting point and information that must be given to the animals owners.

Information Sheet for Owners of Privately Owned Animals Used in Research

Consent Form

After your research is underway

During the course of your research, you may have the need to amend your approved animal ethics application. This should be done using a Variation form,

This paragraph explains when to submit a Progress, Final or Breeding Colony report to the AEC in relation to your approved ethics application. If your research has been approved for more than 1 year you will need to complete a Progress report annually. Otherwise a Final report must be submitted once the data collection phase has been completed. If you are the holder of a breeding /colony Authority you will need to complete a Breeding Colony report annually as well.

Variation Form

Variation Form

If you need to request an extension of time, an amendment to your project, the addition of staff or students to the protocol or any other variation to your already approved application please complete and submit the Variation Form.

Progress, Final and Breeding Colony Reports
  • A Progress Report is submitted if you received approval for research that runs for more than 12 months or you have requested and extension of time which will mean your project has be going for 12 months or more. A Progress Report must be completed every 12 months and submitted to the Animal Ethics Committee (AEC). A progress report cannot be used to request an extension of time. This must be done using a Variation form.
  • A Final Report must be completed once you have completed your data collection and submitted to the AEC.


Applications for ethics approval must reach Research Services by 12.00 noon on the nominated closing date for discussion at the next committee meeting.

Signatures can be signed electronically, or signed by hand.

Email all applications and any supporting documents (in colour) to
Print, in colour, the original application on A4 paper, single sided, and clip it together — do not staple — and deliver to:

Research Services
TC Lamble Building