Adrian Smith

Secretary of Norecopa

Adrian Smith is a British/Norwegian citizen and has been resident in Norway since 1980.


1979: M.A., Vet.M.B. (Master of Arts & veterinary degrees) from Cambridge University, England

1985: Dr. scient. degree from the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science (NVH).

1988: Dr. med. vet. (doctoral degree) from the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science (NVH). Title of thesis: ‘Studies of the seasonal changes in testicular activity in the blue fox (Alopex lagopus)’.

2003: Diplomat in laboratory animal science at ECLAM (European College of Laboratory Animal Medicine).


1979-80: Private veterinary practice in England (small animals, farm animals and horses)

1981-85: Research Assistant at Dal Research Farm for Furbearing Animals, Heggedal, part of the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science (NVH)

1985-88: Assistant Professor at the Research Farms/Laboratory Animal Unit, NVH, and local responsible person for the animal research there.

1988-2011: Professor in veterinary medicine (health in fur animals and laboratory animals) at NVH from 1 July 1988. Head of the Laboratory Animal Unit from 27 February 1991 until 1 March 2009.

2007 - : Secretary for Norecopa (initially 50%, now 100% position funded by the Government and affiliated to the Norwegian Veterinary Institute)

Teaching and supervision


  • Organiser of over 50 courses in Laboratory Animal Science for veterinary students, veterinary nurse students, researchers, technicians and local competent persons at Norway's laboratory animal units.
  • Main supervisor, supervisor and adjudicator for doctoral degree students.
  • Consultancy, planning and monitoring of animal experiments at NVH.
  • Consultancy work for other animal facilities.

Course participation

  • Course in University Pedagogics
  • Course in fire prevention, Ullevål hospital
  • Course in CPR, NVH
  • Course in environmental hazards in laboratories
  • Course in good service, Kristiansand municipality
  • Participant in a large number of international meetings, and congresses within laboratory animal science and fur animal production

Other scientific activities and positions held

  • Board Member of the Danish 3Rs Center and member of the Danish National Committee for the protection of animals used in research (2013-2021)
  • Past Board member of Scandinavian Society for Laboratory Animal Science (Scand-LAS)
  • Past member of the Norwegian Animal Research Authority (NARA, Forsøksdyrutvalget, FDU)
  • Past Head of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee at the Laboratory Animal Unit, NVH
  • Past member of the Editorial Board of the journal Laboratory Animals
  • Co-organiser of several congresses, including three Scand-LAS symposia in laboratory animal science (approx. 300 participants), a world congress in fur animal production (600 participants) and five international consensus meetings on the care and use of animals in research (50-100 participants each).
  • Planning and furnishing of a Multimedia Room / Training Clinic, Norwegian School of Veterinary Science
  • Planning the Veterinary Nurse course at the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science
  • Installation of videoconference equipment, Norwegian School of Veterinary Science
  • Many years' experience with running an internet server and design of websites
  • Responsible for the daily maintenance of (approx. 9,000 pages)
  • Responsible for the daily maintenance of Norecopa's Refinement Wiki

Awards given to the Laboratory Animal Unit, Norwegian School of Veterinary Science

  • Prize for the quality of teaching from the Ministry of Education and Research
  • Glaxo/SmithKline prize for animal welfare
  • VESO-prize for communicating research results

Personal awards

2003: Nordic prize for alternatives to animal experiments
2017: Sir Patrick Moore Award for contributions to animal welfare science, from the RSPCA, UK
2018: Scand-LAS Award of Honour (Gold Medal)
2020: Charles River Excellence in Refinement Award (announced at the 11th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences, 2 September 2021 - his speech, describing his work over the last 40 years, can be accessed here).


Over 100 scientific publications, book chapters and compendia

ORCID: 0000-0002-8375-0805

In addition, letters to the media, chronicles and appearances on radio and television concerning the use of animals in research.

Social media


This page was updated on 01 February 2024

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