Specified Animals Breeding Licence
A Specified Animal Breeding Licence authorises the breeding within Victoria of specified animals for supply to other institutions for use in scientific procedures. Practices which may involve the medical or physical treatment of specified animals or the extraction or derivation of tissues, materials or substances from their bodies may be authorised by the SABL only if they are necessary for the breeding, sale, and delivery of the animals. Such practices must also be carried out in compliance with the National Health and Medical Research Council Australian Code of Practice for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes 8th edition 2013 and the Code of Practice for the housing and care of laboratory mice, rats, guinea pigs and rabbits.
The licence nominee
This is the individual nominated by the applicant / licence holder to be responsible for procedures under a Specified Animal Breeding Licence.
The Licence Nominee is the first point of contact for the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) as the licensing authority, and will be corresponded with on all matters relating to the licence, such as breaches of licence conditions, licence audits, reporting of animal use, and Animal Ethics Committee composition and conduct.
This person must hold a position in the licensed institution such that they are familiar with the work being conducted, yet senior enough to be able to effect change where necessary.
The Animal Ethics Committee
An applicant for a Specified Animal Breeding Licence must have an agreement with a properly constituted and functioning Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) to be nominated to oversee the breeding and facilities. The nominated AEC will be listed on the licence and no other AEC may be used. A properly constituted and functioning Animal Ethics Committee is one conforming with the National Health and Medical Research Council Australian Code of Practice for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes 8th edition 2013.
A licence holder wishing to breed Specified Animals must apply for approval to the nominated AEC for:
- the breeding and related practices
- the premises to be used
- the personnel involved.
Further information may be found on the Information on Animal Ethics Committees page.
To hold a Specified Animal Breeding Licence, an institution must legally occupy (own, lease, or hold under formal agreement) the premises used. Due to the specialised use, breeding premises are subject to increased levels of scrutiny of upkeep, maintenance of appropriate environments, and establishment of emergency systems to protect animal welfare. Breeding premises are listed on the licence and are regularly inspected by DEDJTR as the licensing authority, as well as by the Animal Ethics Committee.
Other licence conditions
Full details of the Specified Animal Breeding Licence conditions may be found under Regulation 98 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations 2008 (POCTA). These conditions will also be listed on the licence. Extensive penalties are provided for under the Act on conviction of natural persons or bodies corporate that breach licence conditions.