Restraint and handling of pest animals used in research

Research involving pest animals may require the live capture, restraint and handling of individual animals. Wild animals may try to avoid capture, handling and restraint during which they are capable of inflicting damage to themselves and their potential captors. When physical contact is necessary, the safety of animals and operators should be the primary consideration.

Restraint and handling techniques must be appropriate for the species and minimise distress and the risk of injury to the animal. Inappropriate techniques may lead to major and possibly fatal physiological disturbances.

This standard operating procedure (SOP) is a guide only; it does not replace or override the legislation that applies in the relevant State or Territory jurisdiction. The SOP should only be used subject to the applicable legal requirements (including OH&S) operating in the relevant jurisdiction.

Author Trudy Sharp, Glen Saunders & Bruce Mitchell
Year 2005
Secondary title RES002 - Threat Abatement Project 46217
Publisher Australian Government Department of the Environmen
Institution NSW Department of Primary Industries
Pages 17 pp
Notes RES002
Region Australia - national


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