The University of Queensland has five Animal Ethics Committees (AECs). Each Committee is dedicated to a specific type of research and/or teaching. The Committees are duly constituted as required by the Animal Care and Protection Act (2001) and the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes (8th Edition).

The five Committees are:

The Terms of Reference for the AECs may be downloaded here

If you wish to know the closing dates for submission to the AECs refer to the Key Dates calendar on the AEU home page or the Closing Dates page.  

In addition, UQ has established an overarching Animal Ethics Management Committee (AEMC).  The AEMC is the principal policy advisory body on the use of animals and ensures consistency of practices, considerations, determinations and compliance.  The AEMC is chaired by the Executive Director, Research Ethics

The Role of UQ AECs

The Code states that the primary responsibility of an AEC is to ensure, on behalf of the institution for which it acts, that all activities relating to the care and use of animals are conducted in compliance with The Code (Clause 2.3.1)

  • Review applications for research, breeding and teaching activities. The AECs take into account the 3Rs, the scientific merit and the cost to the animals versus the benefit of the research or teaching activity
  • Review projects and activities and approve continuation only for those projects and activities that conform to the above considerations and the requirements of The Code
  • Monitor the care and use of animals by inspecting animal facilities, and other work or holding areas and ensure animal wellbeing is monitored and maintained at a high standard
  • Approve animal care and use guidelines
  • Advise and report to the University and other regulatory bodies as required
Membership of Animal Ethics Committees

UQ’s AECs are comprised of at least one person from each of the four Categories of membership: A, B, C and D, in accordance with section 2.2.4 of the Code.

Category A—a person with qualifications in veterinary science who is 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. Memberships should, wherever possible, be made from within UQ.
Category B—a suitably qualified person with substantial and recent experience in the use of animals for scientific purposes relevant to the institution and the business of the AEC.  The Category B member must possess a higher degree in research or equivalent experience. If the business of the AEC relates to the use of animals for teaching only, a teacher with substantial and recent experience may be appointed. Memberships must be made from within UQ.
Category C—a person with demonstrable commitment to, and established experience in, furthering the welfare of animals, who is not employed by or otherwise associated with UQ and who is not currently involved in the care and use of animals for scientific purposes. Veterinarians with specific animal welfare interest and experience may meet the requirements of this category. While not representing an animal welfare organisation, the person should, where possible, be selected on the basis of active membership of, and endorsement by, such an organisation.
Category D—a person not employed by or otherwise associated with UQ 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. 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.
AEC meetings at the University are usually attended by the relevant Officers in Charge (OICs)of UQ’s animal facilities. The OICs contribute to the discussion of applications, but do not participate in making the final rulings of the committee. Meetings are also attended by the UQR&I Animal Ethics Unit Coordinator and the Consultant Veterinary Officer.
Volunteers play an important and vital role on UQ's AECs. For more information about becoming a member of an AEC, please contact the Animal Ethics Unit or visit our Volunteer on a UQ AEC webpage.
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