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Caring for Animals covers legal and ethical obligations when using or observing animals in science programmes. It also provides advice on care of various common animals.
The New Zealand Science Teachers' Association (NZASE) provides a code of conduct and guidance for teachers on both animal and human ethics.
Under the Animal Welfare Act 1999, research and teaching involving manipulating live animals may require ethics approval. This requirement also applies to animals used in schools and school activities.
NZASE has an ethics committee that schools can use when they require ethics approval.
A thinking tool to assist in exploring ethical issues with students is available on the Biotechnology Hub