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Deakin University has two Animal Ethics Committee's as follows:
Each Committee will function independently, conducting business separately and in accordance with the responsibilities under Section 2 of the Code. The AEC's Term of Reference, composition, and operating procedures are determined by Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and the Code.
The legislative requirements specify that an Animal Ethics Committee must verify that the use of the animals adhere to the principles and guidelines described in the Code. The AEC considers applications for compliance with legislative requirements.
The purpose of the Code is to ensure the ethical use and humane care of animals used for scientific purposes. The Code describes the responsibilities of investigators, teachers and institutions using animals to:
In accordance with the Code, the Deakin University AEC must composed of a Chair, Veterinarian (Category A), Research Scientist (Category B), Animal Welfare Representative (Category C) Independent Lay member (Category D) and a Secretary.