10 May 2019: Congratulations!

The Unit of Ethics of Human-Animal Studies of the Messerli Research Institute cordially congratulates Dr.in Svenja Springer 1 and Samuel Camenzind, PhD 2, on their successful doctorate, which has been awarded on 10th of May 2019 during the academic ceremony at the Vetmeduni Vienna.

The two graduations are not only the first doctorates for the Unit of Ethics of Human-Animal Studies; Samuel Camenzind's was the first PhD from the humanities discipline in the 254-year history of Vetmeduni Vienna.

The aim of Svenja Springer’s interdisciplinary dissertation was to gain insights into the attitudes and beliefs of the Austrian veterinarians towards euthanasia and to explore moral challenges in light of the published literature and conducted empirical studies. She was supervised by the philosopher Univ.-Prof. Herwig Grimm (1st supervisor) and the anaesthetist Univ.-Prof. Yves Moens (2nd supervisor).

Samuel Camenzind  develops in his PhD-thesis „Instrumentalisierung. Zur Transformation einer Grundkategorie der Moral in der Ethik der Mensch-Tier-Beziehung“ an assessment criterion to analyse and distinguish morally permitted and unpermitted modes of instrumentalisation within animal ethics. The thesis was supervised by Univ.-Prof. Herwig Grimm (1st supervisor) and Univ.-Prof. Klaus Peter Rippe (2nd supervisor).


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