Dr Chris Degeling

BVSc. Grad Dip Sci. PhD. University of Sydney
Room 156 Carslaw

+61 2 9036 6586

Chris Degeling is interested in human-animal relations and the history and philosophy of biomedicine. He has conducted research on comparative medicine, animal modelling and the history of knowledge translation between orthopaedic surgery and veterinary practice.

Current projects

Chris has recently submitted his PhD thesis entitled: Specificity and Surgery: Humans, animals, and the negotiation of pathology in orthopaedic practice. He is currently developing a project examining how non-human health knowledges can be utilised to realise human health outcomes. He currently holds the position of Postdoctoral Fellow of Health Promotion at the Animal-Human Interface at the University of Calgary.

Selected publications

Chris has published on the history and philosophy of biomedicine in surgery, and on ethics.

  • Degeling C., & Rock, M (2011) Owning the Problem: Media portrayals of overweight dogs and the shared determinants of health in human and companion animal populations. Anthrozöos, In Press.
  • Degeling C., Rock, M, & Toews, L (2011) Portrayals of canine obesity in English-language newspapers and in leading veterinary journals, 2000-2009: Implications for animal welfare organizations and veterinarians as public educators, Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, In Press.
  • Degeling, C., & Johnson, J. (2011). Evaluating Animal Models: Some Taxonomic Worries. The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, In Press.
  • Degeling, C. (2010). Cutting a Bone to Heal a Ligament: Idealized animals and orthopaedics. Medicine Studies, 2, 101-119.
  • Degeling, C. (2009). Picturing the Pain of Animal Others: Rationalising Form, Function and Suffering in Veterinary Orthopaedics. History & Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 31, 377-404.
  • Degeling, C., & Johnson, J. (2009). Underdetermined Interests: Scientific ‘Goods’ and Animal Welfare. The American Journal of Bioethics, 9(12), 64-66.
  • Degeling C. (2009). Fractured Hips: Surgical Authority, Futility and Innovation in Nineteenth Century Medicine, Endeavour, 33(4), 129-34.
  • Degeling, C., & Johnson, J. (2009). Lost in Translation: Gaps in Reasoning for Primate Stroke. The American Journal of Bioethics, 9(5), 23-25.
  • Degeling, C. (2009). Negotiating Value: Comparing Human and Animal Fracture Care in Industrial Societies. Science Technology and Human Values, 34(1), 77-101.
  • Degeling, C. (2008). Consanguinity, Canines and One-Medicine: All the Qualities of a Dog except Loyalty. Health and History, 10(2), 26-45.

Other professional contributions

Chris Degeling is a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and a practicing veterinarian.