First listed on: 04 June 2020

Animal Welfare Officer 

The Opportunity
  • Provide veterinary advice & support to research staff regarding animal welfare issues 
  • Liaise with Project Leaders and provide veterinary advice and recommendations 
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s premier science & technology research organisation

The Position
The Animal Welfare Officer’s primary responsibility is to ensure the welfare of animals used in research and diagnostic work at ACDP. The successful applicant in this role will provide contemporary and up-to-date technical advice and training to animal technicians in medical and surgical techniques and through close liaison with the Animal Ethics Committee, leadership in the maintenance of standards of animal care and use across ACDP. In addition, the Animal Welfare Officer will provide professional veterinary advice to researchers and students.

The Animal Welfare Officer will be required to build effective relationships across ACDP to ensure the best possible welfare and care of animals in the facility. The successful applicant will be required to work in the biocontainment facility at times as well as travel to other sites as required.

Your duties will include:
  • Providing veterinary advice and support to research staff regarding animal welfare issues in the development, design and implementation of their projects. 
  • Developing and submitting proposals and ethics applications, including contributing to formal pre-review of ethics applications with animal facility team leaders.
  • Coordinating and conducting regular internal audits of AAHL animal facilities, to ensure compliance of SOP’s, record keeping and reporting systems with the Australian Code, site licences, statues and best practice with a focus on driving continuous improvement to policy and/or procedural changes.
  • Monitoring approved research projects to ensure the care and welfare of the animals involved are proceeding in accordance with requirements specified by the AAHL AEC and relevant legislation.

Location:     Geelong, VIC
Salary:        AU$98k – AU$106k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:       Specified term of 2 years
Reference:  67524

To be considered you will need:
  •  A Veterinary Degree registrable with the Veterinary Boards in Australia or registration by examination with an Australian Veterinary Board.
  • In-depth understanding of animal welfare issues, animal research ethics principles and relevant state and national requirements, and the application of these to research.
  • Experience in working with animal welfare issues and animal ethics committees
  • Sound understanding of scientific research methods and the use of these methods in a variety of settings eg. laboratory environments, field studies, breeding facilities.
  • The ability to effectively interpret policies, procedures and guidelines in order to provide clear and consistent advice and support to AAHL staff, on animal welfare issues and the ethical conduct of research.
  • Demonstrated ability to professionally handle sensitive and confidential information and use appropriate judgment and discretion.
  • The ability to work effectively in a team environment, collaborate widely both internally and externally, and establish effective interpersonal relationships with a wide variety of people.

For more information please view the Position Description. 


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a Negative Vetting Level 1 Security Clearance.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance

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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

Sunday, 21st June 2020 at 11:59 AEST

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