New Visions and “New” Animals: Standardizing Laboratory Animal
Science in PostSecond World War Norway


Tone Druglitrø

My PhD explores the development of laboratory animal production, supply and use in twentieth century Norway. In particular my work investigates how the discourse of standardization operated to bring into being different structures to facilitate the production and use of laboratory animals in biomedical research. In early 1950s specific interested parties from medical and veterinary sciences drew upon standardization discourses already in vogue in the international biomedical community to advocate for the establishment of a national supply of laboratory animals due to the precarious situation in Norwegian biomedical sciences. This led to the development of professional qualifications for animal technicians, and an educational process that legitimated itself via standardization discourses. Importantly, the process of regulating animal husbandry via the establishment of standard (care) practices was linked to animal welfare, which leads me to consider the role of ethics in shaping the use of laboratory animals. In addition, the project explores the interrelations between scientific, industrial and state concerns in promoting national health, and argues that laboratory animals was (re-)established as socially relevant beings when constituted as indispensable for the progress of medical sciences. It does so at the level of the material practice of the laboratory by asking how were laboratory animals themselves constituted as standardized.


Masteroppgave /Master Thesis:
Veterinary Students and Identity Construction: The Role of Power, Ethics and Animal Experimentation among Students at the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science,
Master's thesis submitted to Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM), University of Oslo, spring 2006.

Tone DruglitrØ

Master of Philosophy
(Concentration: Culture, Environment and Sustainability, SUM)

PhD-Stipendiat TIK-senteret, PhD-Stipendiat Etikkprogrammet 2008 - 2011

Veileder: Professor Kristin Asdal, Senter for teknologi, innovasjon og kultur, UiO

Adresse: Senter for teknologi, innovasjon og kultur, Moltke Moesvei 31, 0317 Oslo.

Besøksadresse: Senter for teknologi, innovasjon og kultur, Eilert Sundts
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Postadresse: Pb. 1108 Blindern, 0317 Oslo


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Tidligere stipend fra Etikkprogrammet: Nei