Activities requiring a licence
Scientific procedures includes procedures or activities using animals to:
- acquire, demonstrate or develop knowledge in a field of science
- acquire, demonstrate, develop or exercise techniques in a field of science
- develop or test the use, hazards, safety, or efficiency of vaccines, substances, drugs, materials or appliances intended for use in connection with human beings or animals
- produce substances or materials for use in any of the above.
All fields of science are covered by the licensing requirements. This includes but is not limited to:
- pest management
- biological sciences.
The use of the following animal types and development stages in scientific procedures must be licensed:
- all fish and amphibians capable of self feeding
- mammals, birds and reptiles above the mid-point in gestation
- adult decapod crustaceans
- adult cephalopods.
Breeding for scientific procedures
Breeding of certain animals for supply to be used in scientific procedures must also be licensed.
These animals are termed 'specified animals' and are:
- guinea pigs
- non-human primates.
Breeding of these animals for supply to other institutions must be authorised by a Specified animal breeding licence.
Animal uses that do not require licensing for scientific procedures are:
- the treatment of an animal for the purpose of promoting its health or welfare by or in accordance with the instructions of a veterinary practitioner
- the conduct of animal husbandry carried out in accordance with a Code of Practice
- any fishing activities authorised by and conducted in accordance with the Fisheries Act 1995
- the collection, taking, banding and marking of wildlife as defined by and in accordance with the Wildlife Act 1975.
Collection, taking, banding and marking does not include the following:
- use of microchips or PIT tags
- use of tracking, data storage and telemetry devices
- removal or collection of body tissue or fluids from live animals for any purpose
- collection of biometric data such as body weight and measurement
- electrofishing (unless specifically authorised by and conducted in accordance with the Fisheries Act 1995)
- humane killing for the purpose of data collection (unless specifically authorised by and conducted in accordance with the Fisheries Act 1995).
Activities requiring additional permission
This applies to the following:
- death as an endpoint scientific procedures
- non-human hominid use in scientific procedures
- the use of wildlife, fish or declared pest animals.
Page last updated: 16 Mar 2023