New guide on care of animals in the classroom launched

25 November 1999

A new guide on how to care for animals in the classroom has been launched.

Attitudes towards animals are formed early in life. For many, school may be the place where experience on how to handle and look after animals is gained, and provides opportunities for detailed observation of animal behaviour and growth.

The guide, "Caring for Animals – A Guide for Teachers, Early Childhood Educators, and Students", explains the proper care of axolotls, goldfish, terrapins, birds, guinea pigs, rabbits, rats, mice, and other animals.

It replaces the 1981 former Department of Education publication, "Keeping Small Animals in the Classroom". Recent legislative changes have placed new restrictions on the use of animals in schools and early childhood centres. The Animals Protection (Codes of Ethical Conduct) Regulations 1987 have been superseded by the Animal Welfare Act 1999, and the 'duty of care' for animals is a paramount feature of the new legislation.

The new guide explains both the ethical and legal obligations for boards of trustees, teachers, early childhood educators, and students, whether they are observing or studying the animal. It also outlines the needs of various invertebrates and vertebrates to ensure they remain healthy and well cared for.

Contributors to the guide include the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the Animals in Schools Education Trust (a charitable trust set up by the New Zealand Veterinary Association), and the Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching (ANZCCART).

This publication is available at a cost of $8.95 per copy.

For further information or to order a copy please contact: Learning Media Ltd, P O Box 3293, WELLINGTON. Tel: 0800 800 565 or Fax: 0800 800 570



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