Animal Care and Ethics Committee (ACEC)

The Southern Cross University Animal Care and Ethics Committee (ACEC) was established as a legal requirement for conduct of research into animals under provisions of the NSW Animal Research Act 1985.

Any person wishing to undertake any form of research or teaching involving the use of all live non-human vertebrates, including abnormal husbandry or dietary conditions; collection of blood, tissue or other body samples; teaching; diagnoses; product testing; feeding trials and field surveys, must lodge an animal ethics application for consideration by the ACEC and have an Animal Research Authority issued by the ACEC before any research can commence.

Southern Cross University's ACEC meets at Lismore Campus at least six times per year to consider the scientific merit and ethical acceptability of animal research proposals.

To apply for ethical clearance for animal research, please go to the following download resources: Animal Research Ethics downloads.

Chair and University staff
 Dr Brendan Kelaher

Category A Veterinarian
Dr Geoff Tompkins, BVetSc

Practising Veterinarian
Dr Paul Freeman, BVSc, MACVSc (Epidemiology), MVPHMgt - Regional Veterinary Officer Primary Industries, Biosecurity - Field Vet Services Industry & Investment NSW

Category B Animal Researcher
Assoc./Professor Ross Goldingay, B.Sc.(Hons), Ph.D
Dr Karina Hall, B.Sc.(Hons), Ph.D
Dr Bennan Chen, PhD(Flinders)

Category C Animal Welfare
Gwenelle Seznec
Mr Mark Ambrose

Category D Independent
Mr Howard Brockington, BA, Dip. School Admin.
Ms Kate Hoskins
Mr Bob Palmer

Additional Member for Southern Cross University AEC Routine Care of Animals
Mr Stephan Soule, Community Outreach and Education Program Manager, National Marine Science Centre

Secretary and Administration
animalethics.lismore@scu.edu.au