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
- Benz-Schwarzburg J. and Knight A. (2017). Cognitive relatives yet moral strangers? In: A. Linzey and C. Linzey (Eds). Animal Ethics for Veterinarians. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, pp 45-77. [reprinted from J Anim Ethics 2011; 1(1): 9-36].
- Knight A. (2017). Advice requested via social media. In Practice 39, 478-479.
- Knight A. (2017). Painful truths: what systematic reviews reveal about the utility of animal research. Proceedings of the ANZCCART Conference 2017, Maintaining Social Licence in a Changing World, Wellington. Wellington: ANZCCART, pp 31-36.
- Knight A. (2017). Owners cannot afford treatment. In: S. Mullan and A. Fawcett (Eds). Veterinary Ethics: Navigating Tough Cases. Sheffield, UK: 5M Publishing, pp 199-201.
- Knight A (2017). Samples & freebies. In: S. Mullan and A. Fawcett (Eds). Veterinary Ethics: Navigating Tough Cases. Sheffield, UK: 5M Publishing, pp 244-246.
- Knight (2017). Difficulties in obtaining consent. In: S. Mullan and A. Fawcett (Eds). Veterinary Ethics: Navigating Tough Cases. Sheffield, UK: 5M Publishing, pp 302-304.
- Knight A (2017). Acting without consent. In: S. Mullan and A. Fawcett (Eds). Veterinary Ethics: Navigating Tough Cases. Sheffield, UK: 5M Publishing, pp 312-315.
- Knight A (2017). Zoonosis. In S. Mullan and A. Fawcett (Eds). Veterinary Ethics: Navigating Tough Cases. Sheffield, UK: 5M Publishing, pp 436-438.
- Knight A. and Watson K.D. (2017) Was Jack the Ripper a slaughterman? Human-animal violence and the world’s most infamous serial killer. Animals 2017, 7, 30.
- Knight, A. (2016) Hunters fail to silence critics. Veterinary Times, 46 (24). p. 28.
- Anderson, R., Waayers, R. and Knight, A. (2016) Orca behavior and implications for oceanaria confinement and use in performances: aggression increases and behavioral pathology. Animals, 6 (8).
- Knight, A. and Leitsberger, M. (2016) Vegetarian versus meat-based diets for companion animals. Animals, 6, 57. (This was the most viewed and downloaded article in the journal Animals for 2016)
- Carvalho C., Crespo M.V., Bastos L.F., Knight A. & Vicente L. (2016) Contribution of animal models to contemporary understanding of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. ALTEX, 33(3): 243-249.
- Knight A. (2016) A request for euthanasia: handling the client. In Practice 38: 358-359 doi:10.1136/inp.i3672.
- Knight A. (2016) Can hunts control their hounds? Vet Times 46(15): 5.
- Knight A. (2016) Horse manure: the new secret weapon in cetacean conservation research. Vet Practice 48 (1): 34.
- Knight A. (2011) The Costs and Benefits of Animal Experiments, Palgrave Macmillan Series on Animal Ethics (hardback 2011, paperback 2013)
- Knight A. Conscientious objection to harmful animal use within veterinary and other biomedical education. Animals 2014; 4: 16-34.
- Knight A. (2014) Weighing the harms and benefits: invasive animal research. The Biochemist 36 (3): 30-33.
- Knight A. (2014) Everyday ethics: dealing with dark desires [feline case]. In Practice 36: 54-55.
- Knight A. (2014)Animal welfare and rights: pet and companion animals. In: B. Jennings (Ed.), Bioethics (4th Edn). Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, pp 269-270.
- Knight A. (2013) The Australasian regulation of scientific animal use: a chimera of protection. In: P. Sankoff, S. White and C. Black (Eds.) Animal Law in Australasia: Continuing the Dialogue (2nd Edn). Annandale, NSW, Australia: Federation Press, pp 264 – 288.
- Knight A. (2013) Animal agriculture and climate change. In: A. Linzey (Ed.). The Global Guide to Animal Protection. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, pp 254-256.
- Knight A. (2012) The potential of humane teaching methods within veterinary and other biomedical education. ALTEX Proc 1: 365-375.
- Knight A. (2012) A critique of the Bateson Review of Research Using Non-human Primates. AATEX 17 (2): 53-62.
- Benz-Schwarzburg J & Knight A. (2011) Cognitive relatives yet moral strangers? J. Anim. Ethics 1 (1): 9-36.