Expressions of interest are sought for membership to the Flinders University’s Animal Welfare Committee (AWC). The following membership opportunities are available:
Category A – Veterinarian 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 C – Animal Welfare representative A person with demonstrable commitment to, and established experience in, furthering the welfare of animals, who is not employed by or otherwise associated with Flinders University, and who is not currently involved in the care and use of animals for scientific purposes.
Category D – Layperson / community representative A person not employed by or otherwise associated with Flinders University 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.
The AWC is responsible for ethical review of all research and teaching activities involving animals at Flinders University. All members need to familiarise themselves with the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes and other guidelines as required, read and review animal ethics applications, attend regular committee meetings and contribute to discussions during the meetings. Training in animal ethics and Flinders University’s Ethics Online Portal will be provided. No prior experience in reviewing animal ethics applications is required but basic computer skills are desirable.