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Animal Welfare and Ethics Board

To oversee, assess, monitor and ensure the well-being, health and ethical use of all experimental and stock animals.

The purpose of the Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body (AWERB) is to oversee, assess, monitor and ensure the well-being, health and ethical use of all experimental and stock animals (farm animals and rodents) in the Institute.

Frequency of Meetings

The full Committee meets eight times a year, including meetings to conduct retrospective reviews of project licences.

Membership

  • Senior Scientist (Chair)

  • Named Veterinary Surgeon

  • Named Training and Competency Officer

  • Animal Research Scientists

  • Statistician

  • Lay Person

  • Anaesthetist R(D)SVS

  • Animal Unit Managers and Named Animal Care and Welfare Officers

  • Home Office Inspector (Observer)

  • Named Information Officer/Home Office Liaison Contact (Secretary)

  • Establishment Licence Holder

Duties

  • The AWERB has a statutory duty to examine, assess and approve all project licence applications to the Home Office.

  • Ensure the Institute adopts best practice in order to maximise the welfare of its animals and utilises experimental methods that comply as closely as possible with the 3Rs (replacement, refinement, reduction).

  • Maintain the Institute Code of Practice for Research Involving Animals.

  • Provide advice and assistance to scientists and other staff on animal welfare matters including management, monitoring and reporting.