23 November 2016
The attached document sets out the BPS guidelines for all members who are engaged in psychological activities involving living animals.
Though this document does not claim to provide an exhaustive list of situations where work with animals may be required for the purposes of teaching, research, observation, etc, it nevertheless aims to provide a series of general guidelines for our members who may find themselves working with animals, as well as outlining the legal and moral responsibilities inherent to this work.
All psychologists who work with animals are encouraged to stay up to date with current developments in animal welfare, as well as new ways of reducing the number of animals required for procedures, and ongoing refinements designed to enhance the welfare of the animals concerned.
Members should also be aware of the provisions laid out by the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 and always ensure to adhere to the BPS Code of Ethics and Conduct.
For further information, please consult the documents below: