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 Minister for Primary Industries.


 

NAEAC's role in animal welfare

NAEAC gives the Minister for Primary Industries advice on:

  • ethical and animal welfare issues relating to the use of animals in research, testing and teaching

It also:

  • 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.

Annual Reports

NAEAC produces an annual report which covers the work of the committee.

Meetings

NAEAC holds 4 ordinary meetings each year. Summaries from these meetings are published on this website:

Membership

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.

Vacancies

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.

NAEAC members

Members of the committee are:

  • Mr Grant H Shackell Dip Ag, Dip Field Technology, MSc – chairperson
    Retired scientist
  • Ms Therese (Terry) M Burrell BSc (Hons), Dip Tchg
    Learning Area Leader, Science, Onslow College (nominated by the Ministry of Education)
  • Ms Leasa C Carlyon JP Dip Bus
    Judicial Justice of the Peace, Restorative Justice Facilitator (nominated by Ministry for Women)
  • Dr Bronwen J Connor BSc, PhD
    Associate Professor Department of Pharmacology & 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)
  • 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 & Clinical Pharmacology, The University of Auckland (nominated by the Health Research Council of New Zealand)

Who to contact

If you have questions about the committee, email naeac@mpi.govt.nz.

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