Science, Veterinary, and Medicine

Science, Veterinary, & Medicine Intersectional Research Collaborative (IRC) General Overview

The Science, Veterinary, and Medicine Intersectional Research Collaborative (IRC) is focused on how issues of hard science intersect with the non/human in order to craft productive forms of understanding to inspire activism and scholarship.

The IRC is in its initial stage of development and is looking forward to star organizing. If you are a member and haven’t been contacted, or aren’t a member and would simply like more information, please contact the group leader.


IRC Chair

Kathrin Herrmann is a veterinary specialist in Animal Welfare Science and Ethics. She has been an animal advocate since early childhood which led to the decision to become a veterinarian. During her veterinary degree, which involved studies in Berlin, Germany and Zürich, Switzerland, she was engaged in many animal protection issues. Vivisection has been a primary focus since she became a research fellow at the Animals Scientific Procedures Inspectorate in Berlin in 2007. In March 2012 she became a research fellow at the Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the School of Veterinary Medicine, Free University Berlin, where she continues to work on her Ph.D. thesis. Her research involves reviewing German project license applications involving rodents to determine whether all refinement measures are employed to reduce animal suffering to the absolute minimum. Her other interests relate to advocating for openness and public engagement in animal experimentation and for humane education. She also raises awareness for the important role veterinarians should play in animal advocacy and protection and promotes a cruelty-free, vegan, and sustainable lifestyle. In April 2013 she completed her 4-year residency in animal welfare science and ethics during which she scrutinized the various areas of animal exploitation. Kathrin is a founding member of Minding Animals Germany and has been active with ICAS Europe since 2011. Contact her here.


2014 Collective Members

Janae Dimick: Janae Dimick is a PhD student at Chapman University. A practicing vegan, she has longed searched for a way to integrate her concern for nonhuman animals and their liberation with her research. Consequently, she was delighted when she learned about the work of Critical Animal Studies. She also considers herself an ally with the undocumented and LGBTQ communities.

Kimberley JayneKimberley Jayne recently gained her doctorate in Psychology (Animal Behaviour) from the University of Exeter. She comes from a background of working with wild and captive animals in behavioural and welfare research. Experiences in these industries over the years have led her to the animal protection movement, and toward research that helps to promote animal protection through science and education, and inspiring others to adopt more compassionate lifestyles. She has diverse interests including: nutritional research of the benefits of a plant-based diet, to captive and wild animal welfare (particularly in relation to interpretation of science by the media and public, and how this leads to compromised animal welfare), to human relationships with urban wildlife, to using theories from social psychology to engage people in animal protection. She is a full voting member for UFAW and is on the RSPCA Lay Members Forum for Research Animals, as well as holding memberships with the ISBE and ASAB. In her spare time she studies cognition in wild Eastern grey squirrels and campaigns with local animal protection groups.

Tereza Vandrovcová: Tereza Vandrovcová is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. In 2012 she had an intership at the Public Opinion Research Centre of the Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. She aspires to establish and popularize sociological animal studies in the Czech Republic.