I am an interdisciplinary health researcher and qualified veterinary surgeon. I am intersted in the meaning and significance of human-animal relationships in the context of health and medicine. I am a Menber of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and a European Specialist in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law. I have 15 years of clinical experince working as a veterinary surgeon in the clinic and in the laboratory.
My Masters degree in medical ethics and law developed into an interest in the concept of of comparative medical ethics and I was awarded a Clinical Fellowship by the Wellcome Trust in 2014 to research the social and ethical implications of using companion animals as living donors of blood and tissue for veterinary use.
I have published on the ethics and regulation of animal research, veterinary involvement in animal research, informed consent and sociological and ethical aspects of human and animal blood donation. I have influneced policy and practice within the UK and EU through the provision of expert opinion and the development of ethical decision making tools.
My current project, funded by the Wellcome Trust, uses the sociological concept of interspecies entanglement to explore end of life care from an innovative interspecies and interdisciplinary perspective.
Ashall, V. (2018). Ethical dilemmas encountered by small andimal veterinarians: challenging the status quo? Veterinary Record.
Ashall, V., Millar, K. and Hobson-West, P. (2018). Informed consent in veterinary medicine: ethical implications for the profession and the animal 'patient'. Food Ethics.
Ashall, V. and Hobson-West, P. (2017). 'Doing goob by proxy': human-animal kindship and the 'donation' of canine blood. Sociology of Health and Illness.
Ashall, V. (2014). Engaged with ethics. Veterinary Record.
Ashall, V. and Millar, K. (2014). Endpoint matrix: a conceptual tool to promote consideration of the multiple dimensions of humane endpoints. ATLEX.
Ashall, V. and Millar, K. (2013). An opportunity to refocus on the 'humane' in experimental endpoints: moving beyond Directove 2010/63/EU. Alternatives to Laboratory Animals: ATLA