Professor Andrew Knight



Andrew Knight is a ridiculously busy bloke. He is Professor of Animal Welfare and Ethics, and Director of the Centre for Animal Welfare, at the University of Winchester; a European and RCVS Veterinary Specialist in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law; an American Veterinary Specialist in Animal Welfare; and a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. 

Excluding abstracts and letters Andrew has over 65 academic publications and a series of youtube videos on animal issues. These include an extensive series examining the contributions to human healthcare of animal experiments, which formed the basis for his 2010 PhD and his 2011 book The Costs and Benefits of Animal Experiments. Andrew’s other publications have examined the contributions of the livestock sector to climate change, vegetarian companion animal diets, the animal welfare standards of veterinarians, and the latest evidence about animal cognitive and related abilities, and the resultant moral implications. His informational websites include

  • Knight A, Bailey J & Balcombe J. Animal carcinogenicity studies: 1. poor human predictivity. Altern Lab Anim 2006; 34(1): 19-27.
  • Knight A. The beginning of the end for chimpanzee experiments? Philos Ethics Humanit Med 2008; 3:16.
  • Knight A. Systematic reviews of animal experiments demonstrate poor contributions toward human healthcare. Rev Recent Clin Trials 2008; 3(2): 89-96.
  • Knight A. Non-animal methodologies within biomedical research and toxicity testing. ALTEX 2008; 25(3): 213-231.
  • Benz-Schwarzburg J & Knight A. Cognitive relatives yet moral strangers? J Anim Ethics 2011; 1(1): 9-36.
  • Knight A. The Costs and Benefits of Animal Experiments. Basingstoke, England: Palgrave Macmillan. 2011.
  • Knight A. The potential of humane teaching methods within veterinary and other biomedical education. ALTEX Proc 2012; 1: 365-375.
  • Knight A. Conscientious objection to harmful animal use within veterinary and other biomedical education. Animals 2014; 4: 16-34.
  • Knight, A. and Leitsberger, M. Vegetarian versus meat-based diets for companion animals. Animals 2016; 6, 57.
  • Anderson R, Waayers R and Knight A. Orca behavior and subsequent aggression associated with oceanarium confinement. Animals 2016, 6(8), 49.