Community and education
The Victorian community benefits from a strong network of animal welfare and pet ownership clubs and associations.
In terms of education, the department arguably leads the way in Australia, with its innovative responsible pet ownership program for schools. Other unique community initiatives include the Animal Welfare Fund Grants Program.
In this section of the website, you can read about issues that affect everyone in the community, whether they are pet owners or not – for instance, your local council's Domestic Animal Management Plan, and the regulation of welfare standards for animals used in classrooms and on school farms.
Become a Pet Educator
Would you like to visit schools with your dog and teach children how to be safe around dogs?
Legal requirements for using animals for teaching
In Victoria, the use of animals for research and teaching is regulated under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and Regulations.
Your rabbit's welfare needs
Do you know the five key things rabbits need to lead a healthy and happy life? Many Victorian rabbit owners don’t. Read about the latest research here.
Animal Welfare – It's Your Duty to Care
Read more about the definition of animal welfare, and why anyone who has contact with animals has a Duty of Care to protect their welfare.