Dr. Svenja Springer

Svenja Springer graduated in Veterinary Medicine from the Vetmeduni Vienna in 2014, focusing on laboratory animal science. After her studies, she has been a scholar and doctoral candidate at the Unit of Ethics and Human-Animal Studies at the Messerli Research Institute in Vienna since September 2014. In her doctoral thesis, Springer investigated attitudes and beliefs of Austrian veterinarians towards euthanasia and explored moral challenges in light of her empirical study. The defence of her thesis took place in November 2018. Since September 2017, Springer has been working on her research project The Internal Morality of the Veterinary Profession: An Empirically Informed Ethical Analysis of Modern Small Animal Practice. This three-year project is funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF | PI: Herwig Grimm) and constitutes the topic of research for her double PhD degree at the University of Copenhagen in cooperation with the Vetmeduni Vienna.

Research interests

  • Veterinary Medical Ethics
  • Empirically Informed Veterinary Medical Ethics
  • Sociology of the Veterinary Profession
  • Clinical Ethics Consultant Services

Research projects

Selected publications

For a full list of publications, please click here 6.


WS 2018:

  • Guest lecture at the University of Aalborg (Denmark) on “Veterinary Medicine meets Ethics” | 25th October 2018

WS 2015, 2016, 2017:

  • Applied Ethics in Veterinary Medicine I and III, Vetmeduni, Vienna
  • Animal Welfare Ethics Seminar, Vetmeduni, Vienna

SS 2016, 2017:

  • Applied Ethics in Veterinary Medicine II and IV, Vetmeduni, Vienna

Dr. Svenja Springer

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