The VU Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) ensures all research projects and educational activities that use animals are conducted ethically. The primary responsibility of each committee member is to protect the welfare and quality of life of animals used in teaching and research.

The AEC meets regularly to review and monitor emerging ethical issues and ensure relevant scholarly and scientific standards are met.

The AEC is guided by its AEC Terms of Reference.

AEC responsibilities

The primary responsibility of Victoria University's Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) is to ensure that all care and use of animals is conducted in compliance with the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes 8th Edition 2013 (the Code) issued by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia and state legislation.

The AEC works to ensure that the use of animals is justified, provides for the welfare of those animals and incorporates the principles of Replacement, Reduction and Refinement (the 3R's). The AEC advises research and teaching staff and students at the University regarding standards for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes. The AEC monitors the welfare of animals. The approved research and teaching activities are reported to both state and federal governments as required.

The University is issued with a Scientific Procedures Premises Licence by the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions in Victoria and all work involving animal use at VU must comply with the conditions of this license.

The AEC must review and approve each application to use animals in research and/or teaching at VU, before the work commences.

Membership & Duty Statements

The membership of the AEC is strictly regulated by the Code. Membership is made up of University staff and voluntary members of the general community. The Animal Facilities Manager is also a member of the Committee (Category E as recommended by the Code). The membership categories are as follows:

Committee meeting & submission dates

The AEC and meets six times per year. Take note of the committee dates, locations and closing of submissions for the agenda.

Submissions must be received before 5pm on:

  • Wednesday 29 January for the meeting on Wednesday 19 February 2020 at Footscray Campus, Room D309.
  • Wednesday 4 March for the meeting on Wednesday 25 March 2020 at Werribee Campus, 2166 Conference Room.
  • Wednesday 13 May for the meeting on Wednesday 3 June 2020 at Western Hospital, CHRE, PBL5.
  • Wednesday 15 July for the meeting on Wednesday 5 August 2020 at St Albans Campus, Room 4S 113.
  • Wednesday 9 September for meeting on Wednesday 30 September 2020 at Footscray Park Campus, Room D309.
  • Wednesday 11 November for meeting on Wednesday 2 December 2020 at Werribee Campus, 1B101 Conference Room.

To ensure your AEC application is reviewed by the committee, you need to observe these closure dates and times.

Send your applications for pre-review to the AWO 10 working days before the agenda closure date for the relevant meeting.

Documents received at Research Services after 5pm on the agenda closure date will be held over until the following meeting.

Contact us

Animal Ethics Committee

Email: [email protected]