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Animal Ethics Committee Members (Voluntary) - Category A & C

Hudson Institute of Medical Research

Research is the basis for acquiring knowledge to further understand and address issues facing our communities and individuals within them. Hudson Institute of Medical Research 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 Hudson Institute of Medical Research 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

Hudson Institute is currently recruiting for volunteer Animal Ethics committee members for its AEC. Through its AECs, the Institute strives to uphold best practice in animal-based science, while reflecting the expectations of the broader community.

Expressions of interest are sought for Category A and C membership to its Animal Ethics Committees as per 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.

In this role, you are required to attend one monthly meeting on either first or third Thursday of the month. The meeting runs for approximately 3-5 hours. Applicants must be willing to contribute their perspective on AEC applications at 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.

The successful applicant will receive a reimbursement for their service on the Committees.

For further information, please contact Animal Ethics Office at animal.ethics@hudson.org.au at Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Clayton, Victoria.

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