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Dr Andrew Butterworth


After graduation, I was a practitioner in mixed veterinary practice in Scotland (3 man rural farm practice, 1992 - 1994) and in Berkshire (16 man mixed and equine practice, 1994 - 1998). I carried out farm animal and companion animal clinical work, (and in practice in Scotland - wildlife clinical work related to birds and marine mammals). In Scotland I was an OVS (Official Veterinary Surgeon) carrying out statutory disease work and meat hygiene duties. I came to Langford from veterinary practice to carry out production, pathology and welfare research in the Division of Farm Animal Science.

   I have researched, and published on poultry production disease and pathology, cattle disease, and assessment methods in pigs, cattle, poultry and wild animals. I teach on all of the courses currently offered at Langford, and enjoy teaching and student contact. I am recognised at a national and international level for my work on animal production, animal ethical and animal use and abuse issues, and animal welfare assessment systems. I contribute to government committees, including EFSA and FAWC, international meetings, collaborative international research, work on standards and international legislation in animal production and also provide training in the UK, Europe and Internationally in areas of animal welfare during production and animal use.

I provide teaching in the areas of Poultry diseases and production, Animal Welfare and Legislation, Animal Cruelty and the Law, first principle lectures on animal disease, reproduction, behavioural biology and animal welfare assessment. I enjoy teaching and student contact and believe that it’s good to involve students in animal use, welfare, and health and disease projects. I provide teaching on the BVSc (Veterinary Science), BSc (Behaviour and Welfare) teaching.

Current honours & distinctions

•   I am an appointed member of the EFSA Animal Health and Welfare Panel,

•   I chair the EEER  (Ethics, Economics, Education and Regulation) Defra FAWC committee, and am a member of FAWC (Farm Animal Welfare Committee)

•   RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) Recognised expert in Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law

•   Editor in Chief – Elsevier Journal;  Veterinary and Animal Science

•   Member of the EU delegation to the World Trade Organisation,17 to 19 March 2104, on animal welfare trade. The meetings resulted in the historic first restriction in global trade based on animal welfare grounds. I published my experiences in a piece in Nature  04/2014; 509(7498):9.

•   I was a publicly appointed member of the Advisory Committee on Organic Standards (ACOS) ( 2006 - 2009. ACOS was the government body which advised on organic farming in the UK.



Teaching roles

•   Programme Director BSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare (2014 – current) programme director role involves oversight of the units in this BSc.

•   Postgraduate Mentor Lead (2015 – current) I lead a team of staff who provide a mentor role for the 60 PGR students at the Vet School. I co-ordinate contact between these staff and the students to act as support.

•   Unit Director BVSc Animal Management 1  (VETS10300) (2012 – current).

•   Year 2 BVSc Lead (2015 – current) (VETS20014, 20015, 20016, 24000).

Academic qualifications


2013    DipECAWBM    Diplomate of the European College of Animal

                                        Welfare and Behavioral Medicine

2013    Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons,

Recognised Expert in Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law

2002    PhD                   Poultry pathology, University of Bristol

2001    CertWel            RCVS Certificate in Animal Welfare Science, Law and Ethics

1993    SCOTVEC          Certificate in Salmonid Health

1992    OVS                   Official Veterinary Surgeon, Meat Hygiene Service/FSA 

1992    MRCVS             Member Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

1992    BVSc                 Veterinary Science, University of Bristol

1986    BSc                    Zoology (First Class Hons), University of Bristol


Memberships / awards

2011    FLS              Fellow, Linnean Society

2002    ISA             Institute of Leadership and Management, ISA Award

2001    MSB           Member of the Society of Biology 







Research keywords

  • animal welfare
  • Animal welfare assessment
  • Animal welfare education
  • animal behaviour
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Animal Welfare Training
  • Welfare indicators