Organisation : University of Melbourne

Location : Melbourne

Time required : Approximately 10-15 hours per month

Duration of project : Length of service: 3 years.

Skill Area : Board & Committee Members, Corporate Social Responsibility, Education & Training, Policy & Research

Sector : Animals, Community Engagement, Education & Employment, Research / Medical Research

Posted on : 14 Feb, 2020

About the role

Job no: 0000002

Work type: Fixed Term

Location: Parkville

Make a difference!

Expressions of interest are sought for membership to The University of Melbourne’s Animal Ethics Committees.

The University of Melbourne is a public-spirited institution that makes distinctive contributions to society in research, learning and teaching, and engagement.

As part of its many programmes, the University uses animals for various scientific purposes, including medical research, teaching, veterinary diagnosis, ecology & conservation, and agriculture & environmental studies.

Through its Animal Ethics Committees (AECs), the University strives to uphold best practice in animal-based science, while reflecting the expectations of the broader community. 

The AECs are responsible for the ethical review and approval of all research and teaching activities involving animals at the University. They operate to ensure that all such activities are conducted in compliance with the current edition of the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes (2013), and in a scientific and ethical manner, with the welfare of the animals involved as their focus.

The University’s AECs are constituted according to the guidelines of the aforementioned Code, with each AEC comprised of members from four categories, to ensure that the proposed work is assessed in a thorough and well-rounded way. The Categories of membership are:

·     Category A – Veterinarian

·     Category C – Animal Welfare representative

·     Category D – Layperson/Community representative

The University of Melbourne is currently seeking expressions of interest from people interested in joining one of its three Animal Ethics Committees in the capacity of:

·     Category A – Veterinarian
 0000002_Role Description Animal Ethics – Category A.pdf

·     Category C – Animal Welfare representative
 0000002_Role Description Animal Ethics – Category C.pdf

·     Category D – Layperson/Community representative
 0000002_Role Description Animal Ethics – Category D.pdf

Please refer to our website at for further information relating to the University’s AEC system, and the eligibility requirements for each membership category.

Interested candidates should apply using the application link below. You will be required to address the selection criteria (located in the Position Descriptions, as above), provide your CV, Qualifications and any other supporting documentation for the committee member role you are applying for.

If you have any questions please contact:
Suzana Kovacevic or Emmanuel Christie, Managers
Animal Ethics, Office of Research Ethics and Integrity
Tel: +61 3 8344 4993, Email:

Applications close: 05 Mar 2020 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

Applications are preferred online. To apply please go to:

About the organisation

Organisation name : University of Melbourne
Not for Profit : Yes

How to apply for this role

For details concerning this role , please contact

ENQUIRIES ONLY: Suzana Kovacevic or Emmanuel Christie, Managers, Animal Ethics, Office of Research Ethics and Integrity

Phone : 03 8344 4993

Email :

Please quote in application: VOLUNTEER ANIMAL ETHICS COMMITTEE MEMBERS via Pro Bono Australia.


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