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Organisation : The University of Melbourne

Location : Australia, Melbourne (Melbourne)

Time required : Minimum 11 meetings per year

Duration of project : 12 months

Skill area : Policy & Research, Volunteer Management

Sector : Animals

Application closing date : 21 Nov, 2021

About the role


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 different 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 B – Animal Researcher/Scientist
  • Category C – Animal Welfare representative
  • Category D – Layperson/Community representative


About the organisation

Organisation name : The University of Melbourne

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:

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

Applications close: 21 Nov 2021 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

How to apply

If you are interested in joining our Volunteer Animal Ethics Committee, please apply by clicking on "Apply now" below. You will be required to address the selection criteria* (located in the position descriptions), 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:

Emmanuel Christie
Manager, Animal Ethics
Office of Research Ethics and Integrity

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


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