The Chief Investigator of a project is responsible for ensuring that provisions are made for the education, training and supervision of all staff and students listed on their project.


Animal Ethics Online Training

It is a requirement of the University, the South Australian Animal Welfare Act 1985 (Act) and the Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes 2013 (8th edition) (Code) that institutions, Animal Ethics Committees, and people involved in any aspect of the care and use of animals for scientific and teaching purposes must be aware of and accept their responsibilities, and act in accordance with the Code.

In order to work with animals at Flinders University, all staff and students (both internal and external) MUST complete Flinders University’s Animal Ethics Online Training (AEOT) before they can apply for an Animal Ethics Application. In addition, all staff or students who are new to animal research must also attend the next available Animal Ethics Group Workshop. New staff who have significant previous experience may be granted an exemption by the AWC upon application.

This training will provide you with the knowledge and skills to promote the ethical, humane and responsible care and use of animals for scientific and teaching purposes. It consists of short readings, followed by a multiple choice quiz.

Flinders University’s Animal Ethics Online Training is available at

  • In order to successfully complete this course, all students/staff must complete each quiz on Flinders University Learning Online (FLO), which will take approximately 1 hour, and attend an Animal Ethics Group Workshop.

Animal Ethics Online Training slides (PPTX 41MB) Please download this presentation as there are a number of links that you will require throughout your time at Flinders University.

For External personnel - In order to access AEOT, you must have a current FAN. A temporary external FAN can only be requested by someone with a current FAN, meaning that only a current Flinders staff or student member can complete this form and ‘sponsor’ the visitor obtaining a FAN. An external FAN can be arranged via (click “submit a request” – (Login) – “Apply for a new FAN” – “Request a sponsored external FAN”).

For further information, or if you experience any problems, please contact the Animal Ethics Officer, Animal Welfare Committee.


Animal Ethics Group Workshop

All staff and students (both internal and external) must attend one Animal Ethics Group Workshop in order to work with animals. New staff who have significant previous experience may be granted an exemption by the AWC upon application.

The Animal Ethics Group Workshop is a 2 hour small group workshop that focuses on the ethics application forms, Clinical Record Sheets, animal scoring, the Animal Facilities, and covers some problem solving situations. The workshops will be staggered throughout the year. Bookings are made via the Animal Ethics Officer, Animal Welfare Committee. Please include your full name, email, department you are working with, Supervisors name, and the date you completed AEOT on.

Animal Ethics Group Workshop - August 2018 flyer (PDF 935KB)

The next Animal Ethics Group Workshop will be held on:

When: Tuesday 7 August 2018

Time: 10 AM - 12 PM

Where: Room 3.06, Health Sciences Lecture Theatre Complex


Morning tea will be provided. Enrolment is not required. Attendance will be taken at the seminar.


Animal Researcher Information Session

The Animal Welfare Committee (AWC) hosts a 1 hour Animal Researcher Information Session at least twice a year for experienced researchers to be informed of recent updates and changes implemented, to refresh their knowledge and understanding of current thinking in animal welfare, and to be aware of current best practice. This is followed by an open panel discussion of issues raised by the participants. It is mandatory that all researchers, after having completed Animal Ethics Online Training, must attend at least one Animal Researcher Information Sessions per year.

Bookings are not required for Animal Researcher Information Sessions as attendance is taken at the start of the seminar.


The next Animal Researcher Information Session will be held on:

When: Wednesday 14 March 2018

Time: 12 PM - 1 PM

Where: Biological Sciences Building, Room 103

Animal Researcher Information Seminar Flyer (PDF 207KB)

It will be repeated on

When: Thursday 15 March 2018

Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Where: Flinders Medical Centre, Lecture Theatre 2


A light lunch will be provided. Enrolment is not required. Attendance will be taken at the seminar.

Animal Facility Induction and Skills Training

The Animal Facility Manager for each respective facility will conduct an induction program for new Animal Facility users, and offer training in specific techniques for both new and senior researchers. Researchers will be supervised until considered competent, at which point their names will be entered on a skills register. Researchers should contact the relevant Animal Facility Manager to enquire about this training.

Researchers are responsible for ensuring that all animal procedures and interventions are performed in accordance with their project’s Animal Welfare Committee approval and any conditions pertaining to that approval. All procedures and interventions must be performed by a person who has received adequate training and is competent to perform them, or by a person under the direct supervision of someone who is competent to perform the procedure or intervention.

Training in Experimental Procedures and Animal Care (Including Handling)

If training is required for particular experimental techniques and procedures, animal handling, feeding or general care you should contact the relevant Animal Facility Manager.

Animal House staff are qualified and trained in these areas. They are also aware of all experiments being conducted in their Colleges, and can put you in contact with other researchers working in similar fields, if specialist advice is required for a particular experiment. They should therefore be the first point of reference for any queries or problems.

Animal handling training is available anytime through the Animal Facilities upon request. You can download a list of available animal handling training services here.

Animal handling training services (PDF 16KB)

Joint SA Universities Animal Welfare Training Days

The University of Adelaide, the University of South Australia, and Flinders University have created a range of joint training courses open to all staff and students from any institution. In 2017, five courses have so far been scheduled:

  • Aseptic surgery principles and practice, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, (Date Yet to Be Advised), to be held in the Basil Hetzel building of the University of South Australia.
  • Rodent anaesthesia, 9:30 am to 12:30 am, (Date Yet to Be Advised), to be held at the University of Adelaide Medical School.
  • Rodent euthanasia, 9:30 am to 11:30 am, (Date Yet to Be Advised), to be held at Flinders University SOMAF.
  • Procedural Training for Flinders University College of Medicine and Public Health staff and students only (handling, gavage, injection and sample collection techniques, etc) will be held in the Flinders University College of Medicine and Public Health Animal Facilty. To register for Flinders Procedural Training contact the Animal Facility by phone on: (08) 8204 4488 during office hours. Places are limited so book early. All sessions will be held between 1:30 and 3:30 in the Animal Facility. The dates and topics are as follow:

3 March - Mouse procedures

10 March - Rat procedures

24 March - Mouse procedures

31 March - Rat procedures

14 July - Mouse procedures

21 July - Rat procedures

4 August - Mice procedures

  • Other customised training and assessment activities that you or the AWC require can be organised by contacting the AWO at:

These training days are free to attend.


Please contact the Animal Ethics Officer to RSVP for an event with the following details:

1. Student or staff

2. FAN username (i.e. adel0012)

3. AWC Project Number (that you are listed on)

4. Chief Investigator Name (of the AWC project you are listed on)


RSVPs close approximately 1 week prior to each course.


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