Key-note speakers

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 is a veterinarian (University of Murcia, Spain, 1999), with a master’s degree in laboratory animal science and welfare (Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, 2007). He is a doctor in veterinary medicine (2013) and a docent (associate professor) of laboratory animal science (2017) by the University of Helsinki, Finland. Since 2016, he is Head of Education and Director of the Unit for Education and Training in Laboratory Animal Science, Comparative Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, where he educates and trains in LAS to over approx. 1 500 participants/year. Rafael is an External Expert for the FELASA Board of Education and Training, Member of the ETPLAS Working Group on Assessment of Practical Skills, Board Member of ESLAV, Member of the NCLASET Program Committee.



Robert Hubrecht


Dr Robert Hubrecht OBE PhD FRSB is an ethologist who has specialised in the welfare aspects of the housing and husbandry of laboratory animals, and the ethical issues involved in their use. His research has included studies on farm animals, New World primates (in captivity and in the wild), and the welfare of kennelled dogs. Until January 2020 he was Chief Executive and Scientific Director of the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) and the Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) and editor in chief of the Journal Animal Welfare. His presentation will focus on the development of laboratory animal welfare science, and challenges and opportunities for the future.



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.