Any unexpected adverse events (UAE’s) must be reported to the Animal Welfare Officer immediately via email or phone, followed by the submission of an UAE form as soon as practicable.
An unexpected adverse event (UAE) is any event that is not anticipated within an approved animal ethics project (or was expected but has occurred at a frequency or severity in excess of that forecasted), which impacts negatively on the wellbeing of an animal or animals. This can be a single or cumulative event, and may involve unexpected mortality, morbidity or injury. Sudden deaths, and husbandry-related accidents are included.
It is a mandatory requirement of project approval that all UAE’s are reported to the Animal Welfare Officer as soon as possible and that an UAE form is submitted for review by the AEC. Following notification the Animal Welfare Officer may provide instruction with regard to any further action that should be taken, which may include a direction to seek veterinary intervention and/or undertake a post-mortem.
If you are uncertain whether a specific event is considered a UAE, please contact the Animal Welfare Officer.