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If I am going to manipulate animals, how do I gain ethical approval?

The New Zealand Association of Science Educators (NZASE) website holds the code of ethical conduct for the use of animals (October 2009). This code is administered by the Schools' Animal Ethics Committee. This Committee ensures early childhood centres, kindergartens, primary schools, secondary schools and students' homes across New Zealand gain ethical approval, where required, for any research projects involving the manipulation of animals.

For further information on how you can get ethical approval go to the  New Zealand Association of Science Educators (NZASE) website

The animals listed in this section are those considered to be most suitable for classroom or early childhood education (ECE) centre care, and they have been carefully selected for that reason.

Keeping such animals as possums, chinchillas, or ferrets should be actively discouraged because they have been declared to be pests. Every opportunity should be taken to develop a sense of responsibility in children and students towards declared pests.

Whether animals being kept in ECE centres and schools are those defined by the Animal Welfare Act 1999 or by the Wildlife Act 1953 or are invertebrate animals, they should all be given the same respect and attention to ensure that their needs are met.