Animal research ethics

Researchers who use live non-human vertebrate and higher-order invertebrate animals for experimental or teaching purposes are bound by the Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes and relevant Australian State and Commonwealth legislation together with University regulations and policies. All research has additional research integrity responsibilities. Find out here about Research Integrity at La Trobe.

All research and teaching projects involving live non-human vertebrates and higher-order invertebrates must be reviewed and approved by the La Trobe University Animal Ethics Committee before research begins.

Animal ethics guidelines

Please read La Trobe's Animal Ethics Guidelines.

Application procedures

Find out how to apply to the Animal Ethics Committee.

Record keeping and reporting

Make sure you are following the right record-keeping procedures.

Animal ethics committee

Details about the committee, meeting dates, feedback and complaints


Access our online training module, recommended for all new staff and students undertaking research that involves animals.

Animal ethics resources