Presentation: animal use in research and teaching

Some scientists claim animal experiments are essential for advancing human healthcare. Yet thousands of patients have been harmed by pharmaceuticals developed using animal tests. Some claim all experiments are conducted humanely, to high scientific standards. Yet, a wealth of studies have revealed that laboratory animals suffer significant stress, which may distort experimental results. Where, then, does the truth lie? How useful are such experiments in advancing human healthcare? How much do animals suffer as a result? And what level of animal use is necessary for students who wish to become successful veterinarians? In this presentation I describe my quest to become a veterinarian without harming animals, and the findings within my recent book, The Costs and Benefits of Animal Experiments. If this interests you then please join me at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, St Kitts, Wed. 24 Sep., 12-1, classroom 1.

Interview: Vet Rec Careers

In Vet Record Careers [UK], I describe the development of my career, and my interest in veterinary cryptozoology.

Adventure: extreme ironing, St Kitts

At Ross U we're totally dedicated to the welfare of our students. So when the opportunity to assist with a student fundraiser came along, I couldn't say no. And besides, part of the proceeds also went to an animal charity. And so began another epic Kittitian ironing adventure! Don’t miss the pics or video!

Book chapter: animal assisted interventions

Animals are increasingly used in animal-assisted activities, service animal programs and animal-assisted therapies. On the face of it, such uses may seem meritorious, given the benefits that may accrue to the human companions of these animals. But what of the animals themselves? Dig a little deeper, and this issue becomes a lot more morally problematic than is apparent at first glance. My short review of this issue has just been published in a six volume encyclopedia of bioethics (Bioethics 4th Edn., Macmillan Reference) and is available here.

Article: animal experimentation

The UK-based Biochemical Society has just published a special edition of their journal ‘The Biochemist’ entitled Replacement (of animals) in Research. My article ‘Weighing the harms and benefits: invasive animal research’ is included.