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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. For nearly 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 am now Professor of Animal Welfare and Ethics, and Founding Director of the University's Centre for Animal Welfare; an EBVS European and RCVS Veterinary Specialist in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law; an American and New Zealand Veterinary Specialist in Animal Welfare; and a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

I have been honoured with 12 awards and a series of grants for my work in the animal welfare and advocacy fields. In 2000 I received the Inaugural World League for the Protection of Animals ‘Award for the Promotion of Compassion for Animals,’ for advancing humane teaching methods within Australian veterinary education. In 2017 I received the University's Student-Led Teaching Award. In 2019 I received the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics Shomer Award, and the University's Values Award.

I have numerous academic publications and an extensive series of YouTube videos on animal issues. These include an extensive series examining the contributions to human healthcare of animal experiments, which formed the basis for my 2011 book The Costs and Benefits of Animal Experiments. My other publications have examined the contributions of the livestock sector to climate change, vegetarian companion animal diets, the animal welfare standards of veterinarians, the moral implications of animal cognitive and related abilities, and multiple other topics.

My websites include www.AnimalExperiments.infowww.HumaneLearning.info and www.VegePets.info.

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

Areas of expertise

Animal welfare science, ethics and law


A selection of my publications from recent years:



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