Small mammals

The welfare of small animals (including rabbits, rats, mice, ferrets and guinea pigs) in NSW is protected by legislation and supporting Codes and Standards.

To learn more about the exhibition and display of small animals visit Zoo, circus and other exhibited animals.

To learn more about the use of small animals in research and teaching visit Animals in research and teaching.

Standards, Guidelines and Codes of Practice


The following documents are prescribed under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 (POCTA). It is a requirement that people involved in the care and welfare of small animals must comply with these documents.