Animal Welfare and Veterinary Advisor

A focus on research of an international quality and the fostering of an outstanding research culture have positioned UWA as one of the best universities in Australia and in the top 150 in the world.

Animal Welfare Veterinary Advisor (AWVA), Dr Deirdre Bourke, provides up-to-date advice on the veterinary and animal welfare components of research and teaching projects in a wide range of species.

Preparing your Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) application at UWA

When preparing an AEC application, principal authors who have not previously engaged with the UWA animal ethics system must undergo preparatory review of their application by the AWVA, prior to submission to the AEC. 

This means that the person who is preparing and writing the application (this need not be the chief investigator) must contact the AWVA for advice on how to draft their application and arrange a review appointment.

Workshops: 'Hints & Tips' on completing AEC applications

For anyone who needs help completing an AEC application.

When: Every Wednesday from 12.30 to 1.30 pm.

Where: Administration Building, Room 2.04, (northwest wing), adjacent to the Sunken Garden.

To attend: Please email [email protected]

Map of Veterinary Services Office, Room 2.09 -31.9764279 and longitude 115.8169102, label: Veterinary Services Office, Room 2.04

Monitoring animal wellbeing

Monitoring of animal wellbeing in research and teaching studies is essential and appropriate monitoring cover sheet and record sheet/s must be included with all AEC applications. Standardised templates are available at the animal ethics forms webpage: 

While you are completing the Animal Monitoring Templates, watch the short (18 minutes) training video which provides step-by-step instructions on how to fill in the monitoring templates and create monitoring sheets tailored to your project.  Click on this [email protected] - you will receive an autoreply with a link to the video.

Please contact the Animal Welfare Veterinary Advisor (AWVA) if you need assistance with selecting monitoring metrics for your study.


Email: [email protected]
Dr Deirdre Bourke - Tel: 6488 4700

'Animal Welfare Matters' newsletter

Animal Welfare Matters (AWM) is a periodic newsletter, prepared by the AWVA, providing animal users with regular updates relating to animal welfare, ethics and researcher training initiatives at UWA.

Recent editions


AWM December 2018 [PDF, 227.1 KB]
Updated 11 Jun 2019

AWM December 2017 [PDF, 216.5 KB]
Updated 18 Dec 2017

AWM June 2017 [PDF, 589.8 KB]
Updated 30 Jun 2017

AWM October 2016 [PDF, 291.5 KB]
Updated 16 Nov 2016

AWM May 2016 [PDF, 247.8 KB]
Updated 30 Jun 2017

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