People: Madeleine Campbell

Madeleine Campbell is researching the ethical and welfare issues which surround the use of animals for competitive sport. Particular areas of interest include whether the use of animals in sport is truly more trivial than the use of animals for many other purposes; a cost:benefit analysis of the welfare issues experienced by animals in sport and the economic and social benefit to society and individuals of allowing such sport to take place, and exploration of the role of veterinarians in sports medicine and their potentially conflicting responsibilities to the animal and the owner/trainer.

Along with colleagues on the BVA’s Ethics and Welfare Group, and in co-operation with British Equine Veterinary Association, the British Horseracing Authority and World Horse Welfare,  Madeleine has been undertaking an assessment of the negative and positive welfare effects experienced by racehorses throughout their lives.

In 2013, Freya Hoyle, an RVC undergraduate, undertook a BSc project researching the effect of changes in rules governing the use of the whip in horseracing had on methods of training.

Madeleine assisted Gillian Brown, Bournemouth University, with a project about the ethics of the Puissance showjumping event. A new MRes project on fence design is due to begin shortly.

Madeleine Campbell has spoken on the topic of the use of animals in sport at AWSELVA day meetings and the International Conference on Veterinary and Animal Ethics, and will be one of the contributors to a ‘moral maze’ session on the topic at the BEVA Congress in September 2015. To hear Madeleine discussing the ethics of the Puissance showjumping event listen to: The Puissance; Six Feet High and Rising

Campbell M.L.H (2014) Does the current regulation of assisted reproductive techniques in the UK safeguard animal welfare? Animal Welfare 23: 109-118 doi: 10.7120/09627286.23.1.109

Campbell, M.L.H (2013) When does use become abuse in equine sport? Equine Veterinary Education Volume 25, Issue 10 Pages 487–541 doi: 10.1111/eve.12087.

Campbell, M.L.H (2013). The role of veterinarians in equestrian sport: A comparative review of ethical issues surrounding human and equine sports medicine. The Veterinary Journal 197(3): 535-540 doi: 10.1016/j.tvjl.2013.05.021 PMCID: PMC3898908

Campbell, M.L.H. (2013). Ethical analysis of the use of animals in sport. In: Wathes, C., Corr, S., May, S.A., McCulloch, S.P., Whiting, M. (Eds.), Veterinary and Animal Ethics: Proceedings of the First International Conference on Veterinary and Animal Ethics. UFAW, Oxford, pp. 201-215.

Campbell MLH (2012) Horsing around: horses in riding, racing and competition. Journal of the Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law Veterinary Association. Summer edition.  

Madeleine Campbell is researching the ethical and welfare issues which surround the use of animals for competitive sport. Particular areas of interest include whether the use of animals in sport is truly more trivial than the use of animals for many other purposes; a cost:benefit analysis of the welfare issues experienced by animals in sport and the economic and social benefit to society and individuals of allowing such sport to take place, and exploration of the role of veterinarians in sports medicine and their potentially conflicting responsibilities to the animal and the owner/trainer.

Madeleine Campbell is leading a study into decision making surrounding the use of physiotherapy in racing greyhounds Madeleine Campbell is also leading a study investigating breeders' reasons for breeding racing Thoroughbreds early in the year, and whether an early birth date does in fact correlate with a more successful racing career

Madeleine Campbell is also leading a study investigating breeders' reasons for breeding racing Thoroughbreds early in the year, and whether an early birth date does in fact correlate with a more successful racing career

Along with colleagues on the BVA’s Ethics and Welfare Group, and in co-operation with British Equine Veterinary Association, the British Horseracing Authority and World Horse Welfare,  Madeleine has been undertaking an assessment of the negative and positive welfare effects experienced by racehorses throughout their lives.

In 2013, Freya Hoyle, an RVC undergraduate, undertook a BSc project researching the effect of changes in rules governing the use of the whip in horseracing had on methods of training.

Madeleine assisted Gillian Brown, Bournemouth University, with a project about the ethics of the Puissance showjumping event. A new MRes project on fence design is due to begin shortly.

Publications on the subject matter of this project include:

  • Campbell M.L.H (2014) Does the current regulation of assisted reproductive techniques in the UK safeguard animal welfare? Animal Welfare 23: 109-118 doi: 10.7120/09627286.23.1.109
  • Campbell, M.L.H (2013) When does use become abuse in equine sport? Equine Veterinary Education Volume 25, Issue 10 Pages 487–541 doi: 10.1111/eve.12087.
  • Campbell, M.L.H (2013). The role of veterinarians in equestrian sport: A comparative review of ethical issues surrounding human and equine sports medicine. The Veterinary Journal 197(3): 535-540 doi: 10.1016/j.tvjl.2013.05.021 PMCID: PMC3898908
  • Campbell, M.L.H. (2013). Ethical analysis of the use of animals in sport. In: Wathes, C., Corr, S., May, S.A., McCulloch, S.P., Whiting, M. (Eds.), Veterinary and Animal Ethics: Proceedings of the First International Conference on Veterinary and Animal Ethics. UFAW, Oxford, pp. 201-215.
  • Campbell MLH (2012) Horsing around: horses in riding, racing and competition. Journal of the Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law Veterinary Association. Summer edition.  

Madeleine Campbell has spoken on the topic of the use of animals in sport at AWSELVA day meetings and the International Conference on Veterinary and Animal Ethics, and will be one of the contributors to a ‘moral maze’ session on the topic at the BEVA Congress in September 2015. To hear Madeleine discussing the ethics of the Puissance showjumping event listen to: The Puissance; Six Feet High and Rising

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