Dr Kathrin Herrmann

Sentient Veterinary Member, European Specialist in Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law


I am a European specialist in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law (DipECAWBM(AWSEL)). I have been an animal advocate since early childhood which led to the decision to become a veterinarian.


During my veterinary degree, which involved studies in Berlin, Germany and Zürich, Switzerland, I was engaged in many animal protection issues. Animal experimentation has been a primary focus since I became a research fellow at the Animals Scientific Procedures Inspectorate in Berlin in October 2007. My PhD research, supervised by Prof. Paul Flecknell from Newcastle University (UK), involves reviewing German project license applications involving rodents to determine whether all refinement measures are employed to reduce animal suffering to the absolute minimum.


My other interests relate to advocating for openness and public engagement in animal experimentation and for humane education. I also raise awareness for the important role veterinarians should play in animal protection and law and promote a cruelty-free, vegan, sustainable lifestyle.


My latest project is editing a book on the ethics of animal experimentation with the focus on how to work towards a paradigm change.