I work as Professor of Animal Welfare at the Dept. of Production Animal Clinical Sciences at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), and am an appointed member of the Norwegian Board of Animal Ethics (Ministry of Agriculture and Food). I was educated as a veterinarian in Hannover (Germany) 1983-1989, and completed my Dr Scient Thesis in Oslo 1996. As Professor of Animal Welfare I lead the Animal Welfare Research Group at NMBU (animalwelfarenorway.com), perform and lead own research projects, supervise PhD students, master students and specialisation students, and I am main responsible for teaching veterinary students and veterinary nurse students in animal welfare and animal ethics at NMBU. My main research interest is assessment of animal welfare, with emphasis on how housing conditions and management practices affect animal welfare. I use methods related to behaviour, health, cognition and stress physiology to indirectly explore animal emotions, including social Sciences to understand the human animal bonds, in particular in poultry species (laying hens, broiler chickens, turkeys) but also in sheep and other species.