Animals in Classrooms

Staff should refer to the Animal and Pet Policy for further information

Any staff member wishing to keep an animal in their classroom must complete the Request for Classroom Pet

  • This must be forwarded to the Non-Government Schools Animal Ethics Committee Focus Person for endorsement before presenting to the Principal for approval.
  • If relevant, the Non-Government Schools Animal Ethics Committee (NGSAEC) paperwork will be completed by the NGSAEC focus person.
  • Animals kept in classrooms must be treated in accordance with The Animal Welfare Act 1985
  • The following must be taken into consideration:
    • Animal house design, construction and equipment
    • Correct feeding and holiday care
    • Detection of stress and pain in animals
    • Handling and restraint of small animals
    • The permit system for keeping and selling of protected animals
    • Benefits, Management & Husbandry of Animals in Colleges
  • Whole animals will not be dissected at the College. Offal may be dissected at the College if the animal was killed for consumption. Offal must be disposed of according to the Dead Animal and Offal Disposal Procedure


For safety reasons members of the College Community are not permitted to bring animals onto College grounds or to College events, unless they are restrained in a vehicle (guide dogs and service dogs are the exception). 

This includes:

  • The College car park and grounds (eg drop off and pick up of students)
  • All College activities and events, including those on the oval and at external venues
  • All sports practices and events
  • ‘Show and Tell’ of pets to an individual or group of students, or to students travelling to or from the College.

Refer to Department for Environment and Water  for more information on Animal Welfare.

Refer to AISSA Animal Ethics for more information on Animal Ethics and related permits.

DC037 Animal and Pet Policy

Request for Classroom Pet

Dead Animal and Offal Disposal Procedure

Department for Environment and Water

AISSA Animal Ethics