PhD, Freie Universität Berlin, 2019
DVM, Freie Universität Berlin, 2003
Kathrin Herrmann is a veterinarian and assistant scientist at the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. At CAAT-US as well as CAAT-Europe (based at the University of Konstanz, Germany), she coordinates the Refinement Program. During her veterinary training, which involved studies in Berlin, Germany and Zürich, Switzerland, and clinical trainings at Cornell University, USA, Massey University, NZ, and University of Pretoria, SA, Kathrin was engaged in many animal protection issues. Animal experimentation and the 3Rs have been her primary focus since she became a research fellow at the Animals Scientific Procedures Inspectorate in Berlin (2007-2017). After a 4-year residency program, Kathrin became a veterinary specialist of animal welfare and ethics in Germany in 2014. Since 2016, she is an accredited European Specialist in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law with the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine. For her PhD studies (2012-2018), supervised by Professor Paul Flecknell, she reviewed German animal research applications to determine whether all existing refinement measures were being proposed as a means of reducing animal suffering to the absolute minimum. Her other interests relate to advocating for openness and public engagement in animal experimentation and for humane education. Kathrin also raises awareness of the important role veterinarians should play in animal protection, and she promotes a vegan and sustainable lifestyle.
Kathrin initiated and co-edited the in spring 2019 published book “Animal Experimentation: Working Towards a Paradigm Change” (Brill open access), which features 51 authors who review current animal use in science, present new and innovative non-animal approaches to address urgent scientific questions, and offer a roadmap towards replacement. The book is available through open access at https://brill.com/view/title/35072?lang=en