Who we are
The Animal Ethics Office supports the operation of the AgResearch Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) which meets fortnightly:
|Jim Webster, Leader||Elyssa Barnaby, Animal welfare officer|
|Vanessa Borman, Coordinator||Alaina O'Brien, Animal welfare officer|
|Sharon Bennie, Administrator||Susan Doohan, Animal welfare officer|
AgResearch MUST obtain approval from an external and independent AEC for each and every study that involves animals.
Independence, composition and operation of an AEC is detailed in the Animal Welfare Act (1999).
Members of the public and representatives from the SPCA, NZ Veterinary Association and local bodies form the committee.
AgResearch chairs the committee and must have staff member appointed (e.g. farm manager, scientist) and provides Animal Welfare Officer support.
All committee decisions are made by consensus, and the operation of the committee is governed by a Code of Ethical Conduct.