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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 fo​​r humane animal research, namely:

  • Replacement of so-called “sentie​​​nt” animals wherever possible, with “non-sentient” research models or systems​​​​​ 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 e​ggs, fetuses and embryos (where development of an integrated nervous system is evident) in research and teaching activities (SANS 10386:2008).

  
  
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