About licensing to use animals in research or teaching
Organisations or individuals wanting to conduct scientific procedures with animals in Victoria must hold an authorising licence issued by Animal Welfare Victoria.
Scientific procedures may be authorised by a Scientific Procedures Premises Licence (SPPL) or a Scientific Procedures Fieldwork Licence (SPFL). This depends on the type of animals used, as well as the type of location where the work will be conducted.
The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 also requires that the breeding of specified animals (guinea pigs, rats, mice, and non-human primates) in Victoria for supply to be used in scientific procedures be authorised by a Specified Animals Breeding Licence (SABL). Licences are subject to conditions prescribed by the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations 2019.
The conditions apply to licence holders and people undertaking activities authorised by the licence.
Types of licences
There are 3 types of licences:
- Scientific Procedures Premises Licence
- Scientific Procedures Fieldwork Licence
- Specified Animals Breeding Licence
Guidelines for establishing a rehoming program for animals after the conclusion of a research or teaching project for licence holders, researchers, teachers and Animal Ethics Committees considering this option.
- Establishing a rehoming program for animals used in research and teaching (PDF - 475.0 KB)
- Establishing a rehoming program for animals used in research and teaching (WORD - 220.1 KB)