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Animal Ethics Committee Category A Member (Veterinarian)

Organisation : Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

Location : Melbourne (Parkville)

Work type : Contract/Temporary

Profession : Board & Committee Members

Sector : Animals, Research / Medical Research

Salary type : Volunteer

Application closing date : 7 Jul, 2021

About the role

About the position
The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (Institute) is seeking expressions of interest for its Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) to fulfil the requirement of a Category A (Veterinarian member) under the Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes (8th Edition, 2013) (the Code).

As governed by legislation, the AEC is an authorised body formed to ensure that live non-human vertebrates and higher-order invertebrates used for research and training purposes at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (the institute) is conducted at the highest standard of acceptability and that all such undertakings are reviewed and approved by the AEC.

As a member of the AEC you are responsible for deciding whether, according to your judgement, proposals meet the requirement of the Code and are ethically acceptable.

The role involves attendance at ten (10) AEC meetings each year, contribution to out of session executive reviews, participation in inspections of animal facilities and a willingness to participate in continuing education opportunities.

As stipulated under the Code the appointee must meet the requirement of a Category A member.

The core business of each meeting is to review research proposals and revisions to existing research projects to ensure they conform to requirements of the Code. The AEC also reviews and discusses adverse events, various routine reports and any other business pertaining to the care and use of animals for scientific and training purposes.

The AEC meets monthly, generally from February to November, inclusive. All meetings usually start at 10.00am run until early afternoon. The meetings are held in the Institute Boardroom at 1G Royal Parade, Parkville, with the exception of one meeting each year which is held at the Bundoora Campus. Prior to most meetings is an inspection of the animal facilities. Please note that this information can be subject to change at short notice and extra ordinary meetings may be called during the year.

The papers for each meeting are circulated 8 business days before the meeting, with an addendum to the papers circulated 2 business days before the meeting. 

Selection Criteria
For consideration for this position, the candidate must meet the requirements for a Category A member as stipulated in the Code. That is:

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.

Personal qualities

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • Qualifications in veterinary science that are recognised for registration as a veterinary surgeon in Australia
  • Experience relevant to the use of animals in medical research or the ability to acquire relevant knowledge
  • An ability to listen to and appreciate the views of others, and to formulate and express a considered opinion
  • The capacity to understand important ethical issues and how these relate to the Code, and other relevant legislation or policies and procedures
  • Basic computer literacy and the capacity to work online and by email
  • Be an active and productive member of the Committee

Knowledge and skills

  • Animal welfare requirements for a range of laboratory species
  • An understanding of laboratory animal work and research involving animals would be an advantage but is not necessary

Each candidate interested in applying for this role must be willing and able to:

  • Become familiar with the Code
  • Undertake pre-reading for meetings
  • Attend AEC meetings
  • Take responsibility for deciding whether, according to their judgement, a proposal submitted to the AEC meets the requirements of the Code and is ethically acceptable.

Terms of appointment

This is a volunteer position in which committee members are paid a stipend for out-of-pocket expenses incurred, as part of their role as a committee member.

General enquiries can be directed to Angela Astbury, Animal Ethics Officer and Committee Convener via email

Enquiries can also be made by phoning the Animal Ethics Office on (03) 9345 2652.

A position description is attached.

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

WEHI – Brighter together
WEHI is where the world’s brightest minds collaborate and innovate to make discoveries that will help us to live healthier for longer. Our medical researchers have been serving the community for more than 100 years. We bring together people with different skills and experience who are committed to long-term discovery. Our teams of researchers are committed to solving the most complex health problems, making transformative discoveries for cancer, infectious and immune diseases, developmental disorders and healthy ageing.

WEHI is a place where people are able to shine. People who are inquisitive, who are committed, who are passionate. People who want to make a difference. And we are committed to ensuring they have the tools to flourish, personally and professionally.

We are a community of researchers, students and professional service staff who work towards achieving discoveries that improve human health. We are driven by collaboration, curiosity and creativity. We are committed to making a positive difference to the lives of people in Australia and around the world. We are WEHI. We are brighter together.

Institute Life

At the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute we strive to ensure our staff and students enjoy a great working environment. We value diversity and gender equity in our work force and promote flexible working arrangements for staff to balance working requirements and personal needs. We have implemented a number of gender equity initiatives to support women laboratory heads. 

How to apply

Please email your application including cover letter, CV and a letter addressing the key selection criteria in pdf format to, quoting reference WEHI/TYAA090621 in the subject line.

Application closing date:  7 July 2021


Please quote in application: Animal Ethics Committee Category A Member (Veterinarian) via Pro Bono Australia.



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