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Tom Bengtsen


Tom Bengtsen is a veterinarian with experience in many fields concerning the use of animals. Both in veterinary praxis specializing in small and exotic animals, animal welfare officer in a influential animal welfare NGO, and official veterinarian in the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, including welfare inspection, border inspection and transport evaluation. Since 2012 he has been manager of the secretariat for the Danish Experiment Animal Inspectorate and from 2013 also manager for the Danish 3R-center and the national committee. As such Tom has a broad and extensive experience building and developing a 3R organization – both positive and negative experiences, and insight in almost all aspects of the lab animal world – from EU and national legislation, ethical boards, inspection, science funding to politics, communication and international cooperation.



Donald Broom


Emeritus Professor of Animal Welfare, Cambridge University, Department Veterinary Medicine. Research: scientific assessment of animal welfare, cognitive abilities of animals, ethics, sustainable farming. Chairman/Vice Chairman: EU Scientific Committees on Animal Welfare 1990 – 2012. 360 refereed papers, 12 books including: Stress and Animal Welfare: Key Issues in the Biology of Humans and Other Animals, 2nd edn. (Broom, Johnson 2019), The Evolution of Morality and Religion (2003), Sentience and Animal Welfare (2014), Domestic Animal Behaviour and Welfare, 5th edn (Broom, Fraser 2015), Animal Welfare in the European Union (European Parliament, 2017), Tourism and Animal Welfare (Carr, Broom 2018).



Paul Flecknell


Paul Flecknell has worked in the field of laboratory animal anaesthesia and analgesia for over 35 years, and will present a workshop on the assessment and alleviation of animal pain, and a seminar providing an overview of best practice in anaesthesia and analgesia, with a particular emphasis on recent developments in this field.
Paul is a graduate of Cambridge Veterinary School and has specialist qualifications in veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia, and in laboratory animal medicine, and a PhD in physiology. He is an Emeritus Professor at Newcastle University, having retired from the role of Director of the animal facilities in 2017.



Rafael Frias


Rafael Frias is a lab animal veterinarian with over 20 years' experience in the field. He is an Associate Professor of laboratory animal science at both the University of Helsinki, Finland and the Karolinska Institute, Sweden. He works as Head of Education at Comparative Medicine, Karolinska Institute, where he leads the Unit for Education and Training in Laboratory Animal Science. Rafael is the President-elect of the European Society of Laboratory Animal Veterinarians (ESLAV), Board Member of the Laboratory Animals section of the Swedish National Veterinary Association, and External Expert of the Board of Education and Training at the Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA).



Marianna Norring


Marianna Norring got her PhD in the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Helsinki. Her primary field of research is domestic animal welfare science and her main expertise lies in the use of ethological methods. She has 22 peer-reviewed publications and she holds the title of docent. She has studied behaviour and welfare of pigs, cattle, turkeys, broilers and Beagle dogs. She was editor of a recent book about animal experiments in Finland. She is a director of the Juliana von Wendt foundation that supports alternative methods for animal experimentation. She has long experience as a member of the National Project Authorisation Board.



Barney Reed


Before joining the RSPCA's research animals department in 2002, Barney gained an MSc with distinction in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare from the University of Edinburgh and was employed in the UK government department regulating the use of animals in science. Barney has sat on the institutional Animal Welfare (and Ethical Review) Bodies of a number of research establishments, and has participated in various Expert Working Groups set up by the European Commission to produce guidance on the implementation of European Directive 2010/63/EU. He has served as a council member of the UK Laboratory Animal Science Association (LASA) and since 2016 has been appointed to the Animals in Science Committee - a national body required by UK legislation to provide independent expert advice to the Secretary of State.


Barney’s presentation will explore where the responsibility for achieving a good culture of care lies and will provide a range of examples of good practice and of how the culture of an establishment may be assessed.