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Murdoch Animal Ethics Committee

Murdoch University are looking for a Consumer Representative to join their Animal Ethics Committee.

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About the project/vacancy

The Murdoch University Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) ensures that all of Murdoch's teaching and research involving animals is conducted ethically and humanely. The Committee is constituted under the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes (The Code).

The AEC includes members with a variety of skills and experience including:

  • A person with qualifications in veterinary science and with relevant experience (Category A)
  • A person with substantial experience in the use of animals in scientific or teaching activities (Category B)
  • A person with demonstrable commitment to and with established experience in furthering the welfare of animals - who is not employed by or otherwise associated with the institution and who is not involved in the care and use of animals for scientific purposes (Category C)
  •  A person who is both independent of 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 under-graduate education (Category D)
    • 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
  • A person from within the institution who brings experience or knowledge that may not be sufficiently represented by other members (Non Category Members)

About the position

Murdoch University are looking for a Community Representative (also known as a 'lay member' or a Category D position) to join their Animal Ethics Committee (AEC). The AEC is required to have a gender balance, as well as a membership from each of the categories.

This position is for a female Category D member

What am I expected to do?

The Murdoch University Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) currently holds 11 meeting year. Scheduled on Tuesday's for three to four hours commencing at 1pm. Members are expected to attend meetings as decisions are not possible without a quorum.

In preparation for each meeting AEC members review around 6 to 12 new ethics applications (usually 200-300 pages). Materials are delivered electronically approximately 10 days before each meeting.

In addition early in each year a sub-group of members review the annual reports from all approved projects

What skills or experience do I need?

Committee members need to have:

  • Excellent communication skills
    • Including a capacity to listen to, and appreciate, the views of others and to formulate and express a considered opinion
  • Experience on other committees
  • An interest in animal welfare
  • An interest in a broad range of medial research activities
  • Sufficient time to attend meetings and to read ethics applications and other relevant documents

Please note: to be successful for this committee position you cannot be employed by or otherwise associated with Murdoch University AND you must never have been involved in the use of animals in your employment or beyond undergraduate education.  

How long am I expected to be involved?

Appointment to the Committee is for a three year term, with the possibility for extension

Where will meetings be held?

Murdoch University's Murdoch campus. Documents for review will be distributed electronically

What support is offered?

This position is voluntary. There are no honorariums for this position.

In accordance with Murdoch University policy, no sitting fee is payable for members of the Animal Ethics Committee.

Reasonable travel expenses incurred by Members to attend meetings can be reimbursed

Applications close: 28 February 2020

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