Teaching a culture of care: Why it matters


  • Jordi López Tremoleda Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry Queen Mary University of London
  • Angela Kerton Learning Curve (Development) Ltd.



Palabras clave:

laboratory animals, care, welfare, education, wellbeing, professional responsibility


The use of animal in biomedical research remains a critical compromise. Research and higher education institutions play a major role in educating on the use of animal and such training is expected to translate into the development of a culture of care practice across all staff working with animals. But nurturing a “culture of care” and impacting in professional attitudes in the field of animal research remains challenging due to its social, ethical and different institutional frameworks. From an educational perspective, current practice remains challenged by the need for better integration of inter-cultural perceptions on animal welfare, supported by more cross disciplinary integration in educational curriculum including the relevance of the 3Rs principles and promoting reflective practice strategies.  Institutional support is crucial to provide a safe, and supportive framework to promote such caring ethos. Our aim is to discuss practical actions to implement and assess culture of care, highlighting its direct impact on the professional integrity of staff which is directly linked to research and education excellence. Seeking a global welfare for all the beings involved and supporting individual and team reflective practice will provide better tools to guarantee the best care of the animals.

Biografía del autor/a

Jordi López Tremoleda, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry Queen Mary University of London

Named Veterinary Surgeon and Welfare Officer
Senior Lecturer in Trauma, Animal Science & Welfare.
Neuroscience, Surgery, and Trauma
Centre for Trauma Sciences, Blizard Institute
Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry
Queen Mary University of London
4 Newark St, London E1 2AT

Angela Kerton, Learning Curve (Development) Ltd.

Executive Director
Learning Curve (Development) Ltd
P.O Box 140, Ware,
Hertfordshire SG9 0ZN


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López Tremoleda, J., & Kerton, A. (2021). Teaching a culture of care: Why it matters. Revista De Bioética Y Derecho, (51), 43–60. https://doi.org/10.1344/rbd2021.51.31130