Murdoch Children’s Research Institute Animal Ethics Committee
Test for new researchers This test is designed to access knowledge and comprehension of the NHMRC Australian Code of Practice for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes (8th edition 2013
It is an open book test that is made up of multiple-choice questions.
If a pass mark is not received, the employee must re-sit the test until a pass mark is received.
Employees will not be approved by the AEC to work with animals until they have passed this test.
Code of practice can be downloaded: http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines/publications/ea28
The code applies throughout the animals involvement in activities and projects, including acquisition, transport, breeding, housing, husbandry, the use of animal in a project, and the provisions for the animal at the completion of their use
Independent member of the community that has never been involved in the use of animals in scientific or teaching activities
Retired Animal Facility Manager
According to the code, which of the following statements best describes the primary responsibility of an AEC?
The primary responsibility of an AEC is to ensure that an approved project or activity is completed and results published.
The primary responsibility of an AEC is to advise an Institution on how to breed animals for scientific purposes
The primary responsibility of an AEC is to ensure, on behalf of the institution for which it acts, that all activities relating to the care and use of animals are conducted incompliance with the Australian Code for the care and use of animals for Scientific Purposes.
The primary responsibility of an AEC is to ensure investigators are not injured whilst undertaking a project or activity.
Which of the following statements is TRUE in relation to the Codes definition of the ability of a fetus to feel pain?
Fetuses do not feel pain, and therefore it is not necessary to consider methods to manage pain and distress.
Unless proved otherwise, it must be assumed that fetuses have comparable requirements for anaesthesia and analgesia as adult animals of the same species, and therefore methods to manage pain and distress must be designed accordingly.
Pain and distress cannot be managed in fetuses, therefore they may not be used for experimental purposes.
All of the above
According to the Code, which of the following should be considered to be used as part of a plan to manage pain and distress in animals?
Local and General anaesthetics
All of the above
Which of the following is NOT detailed in the Code regarding pain and distress in animals used for scientific purposes?
It is only the responsibility of the investigator to actively monitor and access their animals for signs of pain and distress.
An animal must be monitored and assessed for signs of pain and distress by a competent person throughout the it’s life
Procedures, husbandry and care must be performed by competent persons to reduce the chances of causing pain and distress to an animal
An animal must be monitored and assessed for signs of pain and distress frequently enough to ensure that any causative factors are promptly detected and managed.
Institutions must regularly monitor and review institutional compliance of the code by ensuring that an independent external review is conducted at least every 4 years.
To assist investigators in deciding what species of animal to use for scientific purposes
Investigators have a personal responsibility for all matters that relate to the wellbeing of animals that they use, including housing, husbandry and care.
Which of the following statements is TRUE in regards to the length of time investigators must be responsible for the animals involved in their project?
The investigator is responsible for animals that they use only until they no longer require them for their approved project or activity
An investigators responsibility extends through the period of use approved by the AEC until provisions are made for the animal at the conclusion of their use.
An investigator is not responsible for breeders and stock animals. Their responsibility is only in relation to animals to be used for ‘experimental purposes’, then ceases once these animals are no longer required.
An investigator is only responsible for an animal when they are physically interacting with them.
Which of the following is NOT detailed in the Code regarding the wellbeing of animals used for scientific purposes?
Assessment of an animals' wellbeing can be undertaken by any employee of the Institute
Animals must be cared for so as strain-specific or species-specific physiological and behavioural needs are met