Birgitte Fineid graduated as a veterinarian from the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science (NVH) in 2002. She has worked for several years in small animal practice, both in Norway and Sweden. She has also undertaken epidemiological research, with a focus on the fish disease CMS (Cardiomyopathy Syndrome). Since 2015 she has been a veterinary consultant at the Norwegian Society for Protection of Animals (Dyrebeskyttelsen Norge, NSPA), where among other things she works as a consultant and political lobbyist in matters related to animal welfare and other similar issues. She is a Board Member of the NSPA's Fund for Alternative Research. She believes that good animal welfare is an essential and important part of all forms of animal husbandry. She is also concerned about reduction and replacement of animal experiments. At the same time, she believes it is important that research animals are offered the best we have in the way of competence, including expertise within ethology and pain treatment, to lessen the risk of poor animal welfare.