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Andrew Rowan

Chief Scientific Officer, President of The HSUS Wildlife Land Trust's board of directors, Executive Director of The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association

  • Andrew Rowan is Chief Scientific Officer for The HSUS, among other titles. Meredith Lee/The HSUS

Andrew Rowan is Chief Scientific Officer for The HSUS. He also serves as the President of The HSUS Wildlife Land Trust's board of directors and Executive Director of The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association.

He has served on numerous advisory and consultative roles for government bodies (e.g. the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Environmental Sciences, the National Research Council’s Institute for Laboratory Animal Resources), universities (e.g. the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing) and corporations (e.g. Shell and Iams).

Before rejoining The HSUS in 1977, Rowan was director of the Tufts University Center for Animals and Public Policy. He chaired the Department of Environmental Studies at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. He was Associate Director for the Institute for the Study of Animal Problems at The HSUS, founding editor of the International Journal for the Study of Animal Problems, founding editor of Anthrozoos, an academic journal covering human-animal issues for the Delta Society, and scientific administrator for the Fund for the Replacement for Animals in Medical Experiments.

Rowan received the Henry Spira Award in 2002 from the Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing, the Doerenkamp/Zbinden Award for contributions on alternatives, the Russell and Burch Award in 1996 from The HSUS for contributions on alternatives, the Robert Shomer award from the Society of Veterinary Medical Ethics in 2008, and the Barle Award from the Detroit Zoo in 2014. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Rowan received a doctorate in biochemistry from Oxford University in 1975 after earning a master's degree in biochemistry from Oxford University in 1971 where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He received a bachelor's degree in chemistry and general physiology from Cape Town University in 1968. He is an Adjunct professor at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and teaches in the Animal Policy and Law Master’s degree program at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

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