Article: the unjustified euthanasia request

Being able to release animals from profound suffering smoothly and gently is one of the great privileges of veterinary practice. Unfortunately, however, not all euthanasia requests are well justified. Imagine this scenario: a client brings you a friendly, well-socialised two-year-old male neutered cat named ‘Bob’ for ‘euthanasia’. Apparently they're moving to a new flat that does not allow cats. ‘What a shame,’ you declare. ‘I’m sure he would make a wonderful pet for someone else. Have you thought about rehoming him?’ But the client replies, ‘I couldn’t possibly bear to have someone else own him! Please just put him to sleep.’ What should you do? My detailed answer has just been published in In Practice.

Study: ADHD in children

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects around 2.2% of children worldwide. Many thousands of animals have been used in experiments designed to achieve better understanding and treatment of this disease. But have the benefits been worth the animal lives, and the scientific and financial resources consumed? Based on our systematic review of 211 publications describing relevant animal studies, the answer is 'clearly not!' Our systematic review has just been published in ALTEX.

Presentation: adventures in animal welfare

Homeless dogs, hammerhead sharks and sea turtles: an adventurous journey toward Winchester’s new Centre for Animal Welfare

This coming Wednesday 1st June 2016 I’ll be describing some of my adventures in animal welfare, starting as a Western Australian veterinary student insisting on learning surgery without killing healthy animals, travelling on to a Caribbean island to teach in one of the world’s remotest veterinary schools, and finally, to Winchester, where I arrived in 2015 to establish Winchester’s new Centre for Animal Welfare. I’ll describe some of the controversial and unusual research projects I’ve been involved in along the way, and will outline the interesting activities we have planned for Winchester’s new Centre.

ITP Theology Group
Wednesday 1st June 2016
6.30pm for a 7 p.m. start
West Downs Campus Room 7
University of Winchester
(1 hr south of London from Waterloo station)

Free event, but please contact me if you’ll be attending, for catering purposes. Thanks!

Presentation: animal research

Join me at the ‘Science Instead of Animal Experiments’ Congress in the beautiful, historic city of Cologne on the 15th of October, where I’ll be presenting ‘Systematic Reviews of Animal Experiments Demonstrate Poor Contributions to Human Healthcare’.

Presentation: veg animal diets

Can cats and dogs go vegan or vegetarian? And how can this be done safely? Learn the answers at my presentations at:

Sat 27 Feb, 12:00 & 13:00
Brighton Vegfest

Sat April 30, 3:20
Birmingham Viva! Vegan Festival

Further details of this presentation are here, and my website on this issue is

I’ll also be examining the results of a very recent published study examining the nutritional adequacy of these diets.