The University has appointed a second Animal Welfare Officer to support those of our researchers and educators who use animals in the conduct of their essential work. This appointment is prompted by the increasing volume of work in this area. It will also provide an opportunity to expand on current services to our academic community.
Dr Gail Anderson will commence in the role on 3 April 2018. Dr Anderson is a registered Australian veterinarian with a research PhD (University of Toronto) and specialty training in veterinary surgery, with a broad career as an academic in Australia and overseas. She has extensive practical experience in animal usage as a researcher in medical and veterinary school environments, as well as sitting on numerous animal ethics/welfare committees in Australia and Canada. Dr Anderson previously worked at the University of Adelaide as Head of the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences (2008-2011).
Our current Animal Welfare Officer, Dr Denise Noonan, will continue in her position, a role which she has diligently carried out for more than a decade at the University, providing valuable advice and training across all campuses.
The University’s Animal Welfare Officers play an essential role in educating, training and championing the responsible practice of animals used in teaching and research across the University, as well as assisting in the continual improvement of animal welfare support services.