Elisabeth joined the Animal Welfare Program as a PhD student in 2007 with a BSc (Hons.) in Neuroscience, and an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare, both from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. From 2009 to 2011 she was based in Ottawa as the 4th Research Fellow for the Canadian Council on Animal Care, in the Guidelines and Three Rs Sector. An ethologist by training, her PhD research focuses on using methods from social science and applied ethics.
My research aims to:
  1. Examine how the use of genetically modified animal models in science contributes to worldwide trends. (Project completed)
  2. Examine how people’s willingness to support the use of animals in science is affected by the regulatory system. (Project completed)
  3. Gain a deeper understanding of people’s attitudes, values and concerns regarding the use of genetically modified animals in science (Project underway)
I use social science methods (experimental web-based surveys and interview techniques) to explore people’s attitudes, values and concerns regarding the use of genetically-engineered animals in science. My overarching goals are to promote dialogue between animal welfare researchers, scientists, policy makers and the public – all with the view to improving the lives of animals in science.
ISCI 433: Ethical Issues in Science
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:00-12:30 PM
Taught along with Rana Ahmad. Theoretical and practical consideration of ethics in the practice, reporting, public impact and accountability of science.
Ormandy EH (in press) The importance of including the public as stakeholders in animal policy development. ALTEX; Special Issue – Proceedings of the 8th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences, Montréal Canada, August 21-15, 2011
Ormandy EH, Dale J and Griffin G. 2011. Genetic engineering of animals: ethical issues including welfare concerns. Canadian Veterinary Journal 52: 544-550
Fenwick N, Ormandy EH, Gauthier C & Griffin G, 2011. Classifying the severity of scientific animal use: a review of international systems. Anim. Welfare 20: 281-301.
Ormandy EH, Schuppli CA & Weary DM. 2009. Worldwide trends in the use of animals in research: The contribution of genetically modified animal models. Alternatives To Laboratory Animals, 37: 63-67