National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee
The National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee (NAEAC) was established under the Animal Welfare Act to provide independent advice to the Government minister responsible for animal welfare.
NAEAC's role in animal welfare
NAEAC gives the Minister responsible for animal welfare advice on:
- ethical and animal welfare issues relating to the use of animals in research, testing and teaching
- provides information and advice to animal ethics committees
- makes recommendations to the Director-General of MPI, concerning the codes of ethical conduct under which animal research is carried out
Section 63 of the Animal Welfare Act lists all of NAEAC's functions.
- Read the Animal Welfare Act on the NZ Legislation website
- Find out about the use of animals in research, testing, and teaching
- Vision and strategy 2019 [PDF, 65 KB]
- Operational Plan 2019 [PDF, 258 KB]
Comment on rehoming animals after use
Approximately two thirds of animals used for research, testing and teaching remain alive after use. Of these, almost 80% are returned to their owners or transferred to others.
The recent the Out of the Labs petition called for the Government to amend the Animal Welfare Act 1999 to make it mandatory to consider rehoming as an alternative to euthanasia for research animals.
To meet the intent of the petition, NAEAC doesn't consider it necessary to amend the Act.
NAEAC has advised animal ethics committees and code holders that:
- there are options for rehoming animals
- the New Zealand Anti-vivisection Society and Helping You Help Animals have offered to be points of contact for organisations and researchers who have animals appropriate for rehoming.
NAEAC is currently updating the Good practice guide for the use of animals in research, testing and teaching to include guidance for rehoming.
Codes of ethical conduct
- Download Good Practice Guide for the use of animals in research, testing and teaching [PDF, 421 KB]
- Template: code of ethical conduct for the use of animals for research, testing and teaching [DOCX, 41 KB]
NAEAC produces an annual report which covers the work of the committee.
NAEAC holds 4 ordinary meetings each year. Summaries from these meetings are published on this website:
- February 2019 [PDF, 41 KB]
- November 2018 [PDF, 44 KB]
- August 2018 [PDF, 38 KB]
- May 2018 [PDF, 105 KB]
- February 2018 [PDF, 79 KB]
- November 2017 [PDF, 77 KB]
- August 2017 [PDF, 78 KB]
- May 2017 [PDF, 40 KB]
- February 2017 [PDF, 40 KB]
- November 2016 [PDF, 128 KB]
- August 2016 [PDF, 39 KB]
- May 2016 [PDF, 39 KB]
- February 2016 [PDF, 33 KB]
- November 2015 [PDF, 103 KB]
- August 2015 [PDF, 101 KB]
- May 2015 [PDF, 79 KB]
- February 2015 [PDF, 420 KB]
- November 2014 [PDF, 364 KB]
- August 2014 [PDF, 372 KB]
- May 2014 [PDF, 447 KB]
- February 2014 [PDF, 500 KB]
NAEAC is made up of a chairperson and up to 9 other members. Members are chosen for their expertise and need a range of knowledge and experience including:
- veterinary science
- medical science
- biological science
- commercial use of animals
- ethical standards and conduct in respect of animals
- education issues, including the use of animals in schools
- manipulation of animals in research, testing, and teaching
- environmental and conservation management
- animal welfare advocacy.
Members can be nominated by a relevant organisation but do not represent the nominating organisation on the committee. Any vacancies on the committee are also advertised on this website and the Government's jobs website.
- Browse MPI's current vacancies and register for email alerts
- Search for governance board vacancies on Jobs.govt.nz
Members of the committee are:
- Mr Grant H Shackell Dip Ag, Dip Field Technology, MSc – chairperson
- Professor Bronwen J Connor BSc, PhD
Professor Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacology, The University of Auckland (nominated by Ministry for Women)
- Dr Arnja R Dale BSc PhD
Chief scientific officer, Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (nominated by the Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
- Dr Craig A Gillies BSc, PhD
Scientific officer (nominated by the Department of Conservation)
- Mr Robert P Hazelwood BSc
Animal services manager, MSD Animal Health (nominated by Agcarm Inc)
- Ms Rachel A Heeney BSc, Dip Tchg
Head of Biology, Epsom Girls Grammar School (nominated by the Ministry of Education)
- Professor Craig B Johnson BVSc, PhD, Cert VA DVA, DipECVA
Professor of veterinary neurophysiology, Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences, Massey University (nominated by the New Zealand Veterinary Association)
- Dr Malcolm D Tingle BSc (Hons) PhD
Associate professor, Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacology, The University of Auckland (nominated by the Health Research Council of New Zealand)
- Dr Dianne Wepa RSW, PhD
Senior Lecturer, Adjunct, Auckland University of Technology
Who to contact
If you have questions about the committee, email email@example.com.
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