Dr. Kathy Murphy is a neuroscientist and veterinarian. She qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 1999 and went into mixed general practice, before completing two post graduate veterinary qualifications, a PhD in behavioral neuroscience at the University of Oxford, an assistant professorship in neuroscience and anesthesiology at the Icahn School of Medicine in New York City, plus a residency in veterinary anesthesia and analgesia. She is now director of the comparative biology centre at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom, where her clinical and research work is focused on welfare related neuroscience, anesthesia and analgesia. She is a founding member of Ethics First, a collective that campaigns for structured ethical debate and decision making within the veterinary profession. She has a long-standing interest in dog behavior and training, was trustee and veterinary advisor for the Rottweiler Welfare Association for 15 years and has fostered and rehabilitated many dogs. She founded Barking Brains (a neuroscience outreach project) in July 2019 in order to merge her professional expertise with her passion for dogs.