As part of the monitoring process, to ensure that schools are complying with the legislation, the Schools Animal Care and Ethics Committee (SACEC) routinely visits schools each year. Approximately sixteen schools are visited annually, involving schools from each of the three sectors.
The visit is usually in three parts:
- Initial discussions occur involving the AWLO, the principal and any other staff that are available and wish to participate. This discussion focuses on how animals are used in the school’s teaching programs and any other activities that involve the use of animals within the school.
- An inspection takes place of the facilities where the animals are housed and of the records documenting acquisition, disposal and all husbandry activities carried out with any animals kept at the school.
- Preliminary summation of findings of the committee are presented to the principal and AWLO and suggestions offered to maximise educational benefits to students and welfare benefits to animals.