Research is the basis for acquiring knowledge to further understand and address issues facing our communities and individuals within them. Monash University undertakes research with the desire to make a difference and with the potential to transform lives.
Animal Ethics Committees (AECs) play a critical governance role within the University by reviewing all research and teaching activities involving animals and therefore AEC committee members are integral in ensuring the integrity and quality of the research.
About the Role
Monash University is currently recruiting volunteer AEC members. Through its AECs, the University strives to uphold best practice in animal-based science, while reflecting the expectations of the broader community.
Expressions of interest are sought per the Categories stipulated in the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes 8th Edition (2013):
- Category A (veterinarian): A person with qualifications in veterinary science that are recognised for registration as a veterinary surgeon in Australia, and with experience relevant to the institution’s activities or the ability to acquire relevant knowledge.
- Category C (animal welfare): A person with demonstrable commitment to, and established experience in, furthering the welfare of animals, who is not employed by or otherwise associated with the institution, and who is not currently involved in the care and use of animals for scientific purposes. Veterinarians with specific animal welfare interest and experience may meet the requirements of this category. While not representing an animal welfare organisation, the person should, where possible, be selected on the basis of active membership of, and endorsement by, such an organisation.
- Category D - (independent): A person not employed by or otherwise associated with the institution and who has never been involved in the use of animals in scientific or teaching activities, either in their employment or beyond their undergraduate education. Category D members should be viewed by the wider community as bringing a completely independent view to the AEC, and must not fit the requirements of any other category.
Applicants must be willing to contribute to AEC meetings and related processes and to undertake training. Applicants must also possess effective interpersonal skills, competent computer skills and be able to read large documents within a short timeframe.