Code of Practice for the Housing and Care of Laboratory Mice, Rats, Guinea Pigs and Rabbits - Victoria

Description

You may be required to comply with this code if you house and care for mice, rats, guinea pigs and rabbits for the purpose of use in a laboratory. Compliance with this code provides evidence of meeting the legal obligations for operating an institution that breeds or uses mice, rats, guinea pigs or rabbits for scientific research, testing or teaching.

It establishes minimum standards which are enforceable and promotes recommendations for the housing and care of these species. This code is intended to be read in conjunction with the current Australian Code of Practice for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes.

Compliance with this code of practice is not mandatory. However, by complying with this code you can demonstrate that you have met your legal obligations. Providing that you have complied with this code can be used as a defence against a charge cruelty or aggravated cruelty to animals.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.

Act(s) name

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations 2008 Victoria

Administering agency

Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Agriculture Victoria

Contact details

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Licensing Officer

Agriculture Victoria

Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Operating address: Level 35,
121 Exhibition Street
Melbourne, Victoria, 3000
Australia
Operating address: 1 Spring Street
Melbourne, Victoria, 3000
Australia
Mailing address: General Post Office Box 4509
Melbourne, Victoria
Australia
Mailing address: PO Box 2500
Bendigo, Victoria
Australia
Mailing address: PO BOX 2392
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Phone: 13 61 86
Email: animal.welfare@ecodev.vic.gov.au