Aurora Brønstad graduated as a veterinarian in Oslo. After 3 years in private praksis she took a post as the departmental veterinarian at the Vivarium (laboratory animal facility) at the University of Bergen. She took her PhD at the University within basal medicine. Biomedical and clinically related projects account for most of the research at the facility. She arranges courses in laboratory animal science. She has been a deputy member of the Norwegian Animal Research Authority and Board Member of the Scandinavian Society for Laboratory Animal Science . She has been on the Management Committee of a COST-prosject, where she participated in a working group on ethics. She is a board member and President-Elect of ESLAV, a board member of ILAB, and she is an ad hoc site visitor and Council member of AAALAC International. She believes in good research and good animal welfare, and she is of the opinion that it is possible to achieve both. In addition, she has a positive view on mankind and believes that education, advice and information are important factors in achieving change.