animal ethics

Animal Research Ethics Committee (AREC)

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The Animal Research Ethics Committee (AREC) is an ethics committee dedicated to the ethical review of all animal-related research at the University of the Free State. It consists of members from various fields relating to animal care and studies (zoologists, veterinarians, animal care providers, etc.). This committee is focused on research that uses both vertebrate and invertebrate animals. Just as human participants are privy to rights, so are animals, and it is with this in mind that ethical behaviour is to be maintained where animals are concerned.  AREC ensures that every possible care is taken before approving studies on animals. AREC's scope of functioning is not limited to researchers affiliated with animal-specific departments.  If a psychology researcher were to research the resilience levels of people with dog companions, that study would also have to be reviewed by AREC to ensure that both the human participants and animal participants are treated in an ethically sound manner.  


  • Chair
  • Vice-Chair
  • Veterinarian
  • Animal-welfare consultant
  • Animal scientist
  • Consultant
  • Adviser
  • Biostatistician
  • Members from various departments relating to animal studies

AREC meeting dates for 2024

Submission deadlines

1 February 2024
1 March 2024
1 April 2024
1 May 2024
1 June 2024
1 July 2024
1 August 2024
1 September 2024
1 October 2024
1 November 2024

Meeting dates

20 February 2024
19 March 2024
16 April 2024
21 May 2024
11 June 2024
23 July 2024
20 August 2024
17 September 2024
22 October 2024
19 November 2024

Please note:

  • The deadlines refer to the dates by which applications must reach the ethics office. Therefore, applications submitted to a supervisor must be accepted by the supervisor before the deadline.

Contact me

Boemo Segoje
Officer: RIMS, Ethics and Creative Outputs
T: +27 51 401 7619

Johannes Brill Building, First Floor, Bloemfontein Campus

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