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Alexandra Whittaker

Associate Professor in Animal Welfare and Law, University of Adelaide

Alexandra Whittaker has a diverse background being trained in veterinary/animal welfare science, law, and evidence-based practice.
Alex’s research explores methods to assess animal welfare, with a focus on identifying positive animal welfare; emotions such as contentment or joy. She is actively involved in the development of cutting-edge welfare assessment methodologies that improve the practicality and reliability of welfare assessment in animals.
Given her comprehensive training and experience in animal welfare science and law, she frequently collaborates on multi-disciplinary projects working towards integrated solutions for animal welfare challenges.
Alex is committed to promoting science-based animal welfare policy development and regularly consults on science-to-policy issues both in Australia and overseas.


  • 2017–present
    Senior lecturer, The University of Adelaide


  • 2021 
    University of Manchester , Masters of Public Health (Evidence-based practice)
  • 2016 
    The University of Adelaide, PhD/Veterinary Science
  • 2016 
    University of New England, Bachelor of Laws with Honours
  • 2001 
    The University of Cambridge, Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine