Division for Research Development
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​Animal Care and Use

​ Scope/ Function

All animal research and teaching conducted under the auspices of SU should uphold the "Three R" principles for humane animal research, namely:

  • Replacement of so-called “sentient” animals wherever possible, with “non-sentient” research models or syste ms in order to eliminate the use of animals that can experience unpleasant sensations.
  • Reduction of the number of animals in experiments by designing strategies that facilitate the use of the smallest number that will allow valid information to be obtained from the study.
  • Refinement of animal sourcing, animal care practices and experimental procedures to eliminate physical and psychological distress within the limitations imposed by the objectives of the research.
Do I need ethics clearance for my study?
Ethics clearance must be obtained for the use of  all live, non-human vertebrates and higher invertebrates such as advanced members of the Cephalopoda and Decapoda, including eggs, fetuses and embryos (where development of an integrated nervous system is evident) in research and teaching activities (SANS 10386:2008).

Important Dates
Closing Date
Meeting Date
​17 January 2018
07 February 2018
​21 February 2018
20 March 2018
​11 April 2018
02 May 2018
​25 May 2018
13 June 2018
​04 July 2018
25 July 2018
​15 August 2018
​05 September 2018
​26 September 2018
​17 October 2018
​07 November 2018
​28 November 2018​


Winston Beukes
Telephone: 021 808 9003

Whitney Prins
NRF Intern: Research Ethics (Animal Use & Biosafety)​
Telephone: 021 808 9971

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Please download the How to Apply for Animal Ethics Clearance file and follow the instructions. If you experience login difficulties​, please contact Winston Beukes for assistance.