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.
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:
- Carvalho, C.; Gaspar, A.; Knight, A. and Vicente, L (2019). Ethical and scientific pitfalls concerning laboratory research with non-human primates, and possible solutions. Animals 9, 12.
- Knight A (2019). Critically evaluating animal research. In Herrmann K and Jayne K. (2019). Animal Experimentation: Working Towards a Paradigm Change. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill.
- Carvalho C, Alves D, Knight A and Vicente L (2019). Is animal-based biomedical research being used in its original context? In Herrmann K and Jayne K. (2019). Animal Experimentation: Working Towards a Paradigm Change. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill.
- Lymbery P Knight A et al. (2018). Governments should unite to curb meat consumption. Nature 563, 325.
- Knight A (2018). Injuries in Racing Greyhounds. Cleveland, UK: Greyt Exploitations.
- Knight A and De Boo J (2018). The case for veganism. In D’Silva J and McKenna C. Farming Food and Nature: Respecting Animals, People and the Environment. London: Routledge. 238 - 247.
- Knight A (2018). Uncaging New Zealand’s Sows: Scrutinising Farrowing Crates. Wellington, New Zealand: SAFE.
- Grevemeyer B and Knight A. (2018). The development of a clinical skills laboratory at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Alternatives to Laboratory Animals 46, 177-183. Read it online (requires you to register - for free - for access).
- 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. 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. 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. 199-201.
- Knight A (2017). Samples & freebies. In: S. Mullan and A. Fawcett (Eds). Veterinary Ethics: Navigating Tough Cases. Sheffield, UK: 5M Publishing. 244-246.
- Knight (2017). Difficulties in obtaining consent. In: S. Mullan and A. Fawcett (Eds). Veterinary Ethics: Navigating Tough Cases. Sheffield, UK: 5M Publishing. 302-304.
- Knight A (2017). Acting without consent. In: S. Mullan and A. Fawcett (Eds). Veterinary Ethics: Navigating Tough Cases. Sheffield, UK: 5M Publishing. 312-315.
- Knight A (2017). Zoonosis. In S. Mullan and A. Fawcett (Eds). Veterinary Ethics: Navigating Tough Cases. Sheffield, UK: 5M Publishing. 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). 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 has become the most viewed article to date in the journal Animals).
- Carvalho C., Crespo M.V., Bastos L.F., Knight A. and 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.
- 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. 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. 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. 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 and Knight A. (2011) Cognitive relatives yet moral strangers? J. Anim. Ethics 1 (1): 9-36
- Knight A. (2011) The Costs and Benefits of Animal Experiments, Palgrave Macmillan Series on Animal Ethics (hardback 2011, paperback 2013)