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I am originally from Australia, and ever since helping launch Australia's campaign against the live sheep trade to the Middle East in the early 1990s, I have tried to advocate on behalf of animals. I am a European and American Veterinary Specialist in Animal Welfare, and for around a decade prior to 2012 I practiced veterinary medicine, mostly around London. In 2013 - 2014 I taught animal ethics, welfare, veterinary practice management, and surgical and medical skills at one of the world’s largest veterinary schools in the Caribbean.

I have many academic and popular publications (see below), and have delivered numerous presentations on animal issues, including animal cognitive abilities and resultant moral implications, animal experimentation and alternatives, animal use in biomedical education, the animal welfare standards of veterinarians, the contributions of animal agriculture to climate change, and vegetarian companion animal diets. I serve on the editorial boards of three journals within the animal welfare and ethics field. I became a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2017.

I am the Founding Director of the University's Centre for Animal Welfare. I am currently on secondment to animal advocacy organisation SAFE in New Zealand.

Higher Education Teaching Qualification: Higher Education Academy Senior Fellowship (SFHEA).

Areas of expertise

​Animal welfare science, ethics and law


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