Center for Animals and Public Policy Animal Matters Series

The Center for Animals and Public Policy hosts the Animal Matters Seminar Series at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Each spring and fall, the Center invites speakers from all over the country to give a lecture on their subject of expertise. The guest lecturers represent diverse perspectives on an array of topics relating to animal ethics and policy and their talks are open to the public free of charge. See below for a list of past and upcoming lectures.

2014 Lectures

Fall of 2014
Making Laboratory Animal Care More Science-Friendly
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Noon in the Varis Lecture Hall (letter "K" on the campus map)
Steven M. Niemi, DVM, DACLAM
Director, Office of Animal Resources, Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Dr. Niemi will argue for a new paradigm for lab animal care because the current model is obsolete. As experimental endpoints become more complex and subtle, the usual practice of one-size-fits-all for animal housing and husbandry needs to be replaced with flexibility customized to individual investigators' needs while still affordable and in compliance with regulatory and accreditation standards. Download his biography here
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Meeting number: 739 960 517 Meeting password: niemi

Green Chimneys Farm and Wildlife Center: Animal-Assisted Interventions That Benefit Both Humans and Animals
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Noon in the Varis Lecture Hall (letter "K" on the campus map)
Michael E. Kaufmann
Director, Green Chimneys Farm and Wildlife Center/Sam and Myra Ross Institute
Green Chimneys is home to 300 animals of diverse species and hundreds of children with special needs. Making ethical decisions about the lives of these animals challenges the Green Chimneys staff team daily. How do we ensure each animal has the best quality of life? There are many sensitive ethical issues surrounding human/animal interaction and there are very different ways of interpreting, modeling or practicing this relationship. Opinions diverge easily. There are a wide range of beliefs or philosophies about the treatment of animals, among our own staff and among guests. Michael will offer concrete examples to demonstrate how the Green Chimneys team applies a progressive, thoughtful, yet also very pragmatic approach as part of a greater human service program that operates in an imperfect world.
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Meeting number: 731 523 584 Meeting password: kaufmann

Spring of 2014
Animal Testing, Animal Research & Alternatives: A Future Vision
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Noon in the UPDATE: HAMILBURG Lecture Hall in the Frankin M. Loew Veterinary Education Center(letter "D" on the campus map)
Andrew N. Rowan, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer for The Humane Society of the US, President and Chief Executive Officer for Humane Society International, Adjunct Professor for Tufts University
Dr. Andrew Rowan was the founder and first and longest-serving director of the Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy (1983-1997). His history with animal research issues dates back to a stint at FRAME (Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments) in London (1976-78).... Download his biography here
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Taking Laboratory Animal Pain Seriously: Progress Made, Progress Needed
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Noon in the Agnes Varis AUDITORIUM (letter "O" on the campus map)
Larry Carbone, DVM, PhD, DACLAM, DACAW
Sr Veterinarian & Assoc Director, Lab Animal Resource Center, University of California, San Francisco
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The Future of Animal Research in the Context of the 3Rs (Reduction, Refinement and Replacement)
Friday, April 25, 2014
Noon in the Varis Lecture Hall (letter "K" on the campus map)
Joanne Zurlo, PhD
Director of Science Strategy, Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT)
Senior Scientist, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
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Fighting Words: Rights vs Welfare. Who Really Cares?
Monday, May 5, 2014
Noon in the Varis Lecture Hall (letter "K" on the campus map)
Jayne Mackta
President, Global Research Education & Training; Publisher, "The Enrichment Record"; Past President, New Jersey Association of Biomedical Research
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In academe, the general community and cyberspace, people are talking about the role and place of animals in society. Sadly, battle lines have been drawn, making it a struggle to engage in a civil discussion about this complex topic without taking sides. A keen observer of human nature and long-time research advocate, our speaker will describe her personal war on words that obfuscate one of the defining issues of our time.
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Past Lectures