A brief history and background
ANZCCART was established as a collaborative effort between the existing Australian Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching (ACCART) and New Zealand authorities, to provide a focus for consideration of the scientific, ethical and social issues associated with the use of animals in research and teaching.
ANZCCART operates on a purely advisory basis and provides guidance and information to all interested parties including Animal Ethics Committees (AEC), scientists, teachers, regulatory authorities, granting agencies, government, animal welfare organisations, the media and the general public.
In Australia, ANZCCART's principle sponsors are the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Royal Society Te Apārangi (RSNZ), Universities Australia (UA), State Government Departments responsible for the management of animal welfare legislation and also members. ANZCCART receives annual contributions from professional organisations.
In New Zealand, ANZCCART is a committee of the Royal Society Te Apārangi. Its principal sponsors are Universities New Zealand and AgResearch Ltd but it also receives annual contributions and/ or other support from organisations including the Ministry for Primary Industries and the Royal New Zealand SPCA. The Committee promotes and supports the commitment to the principles embodied in the New Zealand legislation regulating the use of animals in research, testing and teaching in New Zealand (Animal Welfare Act 1999, Part 6).
ANZCCART seeks to achieve these objectives, first by providing an ongoing focus to the social, ethical, cultural and scientific issues involved, second by providing a forum for discussion of these issues and third by facilitating access to relevant specialist advice and resources. Further, through its publications and activities ANZCCART is a source of information for the general public about how animals are used in research and teaching in Australia and New Zealand.
ANZCCART’s corporate mission and objectives are to promote:
- Informed open discussion and debate within the community when considering ethical, social, cultural and scientific issues relating to the use of animals in research and teaching, by providing a neutral forum.
- Excellence in the use and welfare of animals supplied for or used in research and teaching.
- Responsible scientific use of animals.
- The 3Rs principle of Replacement, Reduction and Refinement as they apply to the use of animals for scientific purposes.
- Strategic partnerships to contribute to the education and training of scientists, students, animal care staff, members of Animal Ethics Committees, and the broader community.
Membership in Australia and New Zealand
ANZCCART Conferences are held in Australia and New Zealand. A notable feature of the Conferences is the wide audience they attract. Conference delegates include: researchers, teachers and students whose work or study involves the use and supply of animals for scientific purposes; staff who maintain and supervise animal breeding and holding facilities; individuals with responsibility for making decisions concerning animal ethics and welfare, including members of Animal Ethics Committees; administrators and government officials involved in developing and enforcing animal welfare policy and legislation; members of the public with an interest in animal ethics and welfare, and representatives of animal welfare organisations.
This diverse meeting ground fosters open and respectful discussion between delegates who may hold differing view points on a wide range of animal use-related subjects.
- to a stable research environment where these differing views and opinions are understood and respected;
- provides an excellent learning opportunity for delegates at both the lay and scientific level, and
- ensures the advice ANZCCART provides is based on wide consultation.
An important component of ANZCCART's role is to liaise with professional societies and institutions in Australia, New Zealand and overseas, and to represent Australia and New Zealand in discussions on the issues relating to the use and supply of animals in research and teaching.
How can ANZCCART help you?
By providing your contact details to ANZCCART on our mailing list form you will be placed on our notification list. Up-to-date information that fosters good practice and decision-making regarding the scientific use of animals will be distributed via this list. Electronic copies of the ANZCCART Newsletter and information on forthcoming workshops and conferences is also circulated.
The ANZCCART Office is located on Ground Floor, G08, Hannaford Building, Waite Campus, Waite Road, Urrbrae, South Australia 5064. Please enter via the door in the breezeway.
C/- The University of Adelaide
South Australia. 5005
Phone: +61 8 8313 7585
Fax: +61 8 313 7587
ANZCCART New Zealand
c/o Royal Society Te Apārangi
PO Box 598 Wellington, 6140
Phone: +64 4-472 7421
Fax: +64 4-473 1841