Monash University AEC Positions Vacant

Monash University is looking for volunteer Veterinarian (Category A)* or Welfare (Category C)* members for the University's Animal Ethics Committees (AEC).

The Committees meet once a month in Clayton, Victoria on either a Monday or Thursday. The Agenda is distributed electronically and members are required to have an email address (gmail preferred). Monash University offers a sitting fee and reimbursement of travel and new members are provided with mentoring, library borrowing rights, reading materials and references to assist them with their role on an AEC. Potential members are invited to observe a meeting to see if this role would be suitable to them.

* Under the Australian Code of Practice for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes (8th edition, 2013) an AEC must have a membership that will allow it to fulfil its terms of reference. It must comprise at least four persons, including a separate person appointed to each of the following categories:

  • Category A - 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 B - a suitably qualified person with substantial and recent experience in the use of animals for scientific purposes relevant to the institution and the business of the AEC. This must include possession of a higher degree in research or equivalent experience.
  • Category C - 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 - 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.

If interested please contact Monash University's Animal Ethics Office on: 03 990 55121 or email:



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