You may require this licence if you intend to carry out scientific research involving animals. Ordinarily, the cruel treatment of animals, including scientific testing, is strictly prohibited under animal welfare laws.
A Scientific Procedures Fieldwork Licence authorises the holder to carry out certain scientific procedures on an animal which would otherwise be illegal. It is used to authorise the use of alternative premises or locations such as:
- the use of production animals on farms
- intermittent use of Scientific Premises licensed under a Scientific Procedures Premises Licence held by another institution
- the use of non-captive animals in the wild.
Examples of such scientific procedures include:
- surgical, medical, psychological, chemical or physical treatment
- unusual conditions of heat, cold, light, dark confinement, noise, isolation or overcrowding
- abnormal dietary conditions
- electric shock or radiation treatment.
The following organisations are exempt from licence fees:
- not-for-profit organisation that have five or less full-time equivalent employees
- registered schools
- children's services.
Specific approval under this licence is required if you intend to carry out scientific procedures on any of the following animals:
This approval will only be granted if the scientific procedure is in the best interest of those specific animals or for the protection of human health and the objective cannot be achieved by any other means.