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Prof Andrew Knight

Andrew Knight
  • Location: Hampshire
  • Year of Fellowship: 2017
  • Route to Fellowship: Meritorious Contributions to the Profession

Field of work

Universities and colleges

Areas of special interest

  • Animal welfare
  • Animal ethics
  • Animal law and policy

Areas of support

  • Professional mentoring
  • Public engagement

Professional positions

  • - Professor of Animal Welfare and Ethics, & Founding Director, Centre for Animal Welfare, University of Winchester
  • - European & RCVS Veterinary Specialist in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law; American & New Zealand Veterinary Specialist in Animal Welfare
  • - Fellow, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, & Member, Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (Animal Welfare chapter)
  • - Senior Fellow, UK Higher Education Academy


  • I’ve been honoured with 11 awards for my animal welfare and academic work. In 2000 in conjunction with University of Sydney veterinary student Lucy Fish, I received the Inaugural World League for the Protection of Animals ‘Award for the Promotion of Compassion for Animals,’ in recognition of our work advancing humane teaching methods within Australian veterinary education. In 2019 I received the Shomer Award, from the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics, for significant contributions to the field of veterinary medical ethics.


Whilst a Western Australian veterinary student in 2000, Andrew Knight caused controversy by refusing to kill animals during his surgical and preclinical training. Instead, he helped establish a humane surgical training program, based partly on neutering homeless animals from animal shelters.

Andrew is now a European, American, New Zealand and RCVS-recognised Veterinary Specialist in animal welfare. He is Professor of Animal Welfare and Ethics, and Founding Director of the Centre for Animal Welfare, at the University of Winchester, where he also leads an MSc in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law. He has numerous academic and popular publications and a series of YouTube videos on animal issues, and has delivered over 150 presentations on animal welfare issues at universities and conferences internationally. These include an extensive series examining the contributions to human healthcare, veterinary and other education, of invasive procedures on animals, which formed the basis for his 2010 PhD and his subsequent book, The Costs and Benefits of Animal Experiments. His recent research focuses on the contributions of the livestock sector to climate change, and on plant-based diets for companion animals.

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