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 systems in order to eliminate the use of animals that can experience unpleasant sensations.
  • Reduction of the numbers of animals in experiments by design strategies that facilitate 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 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 the advanced members from 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
Agenda Closing dateMeeting dates
​17 January 201707 February 2017
​21 February 201714 March 2017
​11 April 201702 May 2017
​23 May 201713 June 2017
​04 July 201725 July 2017
​15 August 2017​05 September 2017
​26 September 2017​17 October 2017
​07 November 2017​28 November 2017



Winston Beukes
Telephone: 021 808 9003

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Please download the How to Apply for Animal Ethics Clearance file and follow the instructions. If you have login difficulty please contact Winston Beukes for assistance.