Veterinary researcher to lead ethics

Professor Craig Johnson, a veterinary researcher, has been appointed as Massey University’s director of ethics.

In his new role, Professor Johnson will have overall responsibility for the University’s ethics and responsible researcher conduct, working closely with the Human and Animal Ethics Committees and Ethics Team.

Professor Johnson has been a member of Massey University’s Animal Ethics Committee for 12 years, chairing the committee for the previous six years. He is also deputy chair of the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee and the Australia and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals used in Research and Teaching.

Dean, research Associate Professor Tracy Riley says: “As a Professor of Veterinary Neurophysiology and co-director of the Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre, Professor Johnson brings immense experience to the role, especially as Massey’s first director with animal ethics expertise.”

Professor Johnson joined Massey in 2001. He holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from Liverpool University (1989) and doctorate from Cambridge University (1997). His research interests include pain relief in animals and the welfare of animals at slaughter.

He commences his role new next week.

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