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Animal Ethics Scientific Lecture


Date: 18th February 2014
Time: 13:00 PM - 15:00 PM

Location: Kim Beazley Lecture Theatre, South Street Campus

International guest, Professor Thomas Hartung, and Murdoch University’s, Dr Mark Lawrie and Dr Gabby Musk, are speaking at the Animal Ethics Scientific Lecture on 18 February 2014. This is a joint event with the RSPCA. Email Animal.Ethics@murdoch.edu.au to register your interest.


Professor Hartung has devoted his career to non-animal methods. As the Director of the Centre for Alternatives to Animal Testing at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health,his long-standing career is documented in more than 350 publications. As the previous Director of the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods of the European Commission (2002-2008), Thomas was involved in the implementation of the European REACH legislation and the ban on animal testing for cosmetics.

He is also the recipient of the 2009 Russell & Burch Award of the Humane Society of the US, the 2010 Agilent Thought Leader Award, and the 2006 US Society of Toxicology Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award.

Animal welfare increasingly intersects with diverse areas and portfolios. There is evidence of the therapeutic effect of dog training on prisoners, and links between domestic violence and animal cruelty. Significant research is required both to understand the complexities, and to evaluate positive approaches and solutions. Improved collaboration will assist the coordination of animal welfare research across Australia. 

Murdoch’s Dr Mark Lawrie will speak on ‘Funding of Animal Welfare Research in Australia’ and Dr Gabby Musk on ‘Evaluation of learning outcomes from teaching resources used for surgical training of veterinary undergraduate students in Australasia’, following Professor Hartung’s lecture.

The event details are as follows:

Date:                  Tuesday 18 February 2014

Time:                  1 pm – 3 pm

Venue:                Kim E Beazley Lecture Theatre, South Street, Murdoch University

We welcome you to this important event to further raise awareness of animal welfare and the reduction of animal numbers used in our scientific community. 

Please RSVP to Moira Desport at Animal.Ethics@murdoch.edu.au.