Our Speakers

Animal Welfare in Veterinary Medical Education and Research

November 8-11, 2009
The Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center at
Michigan State University

Wayne Allard, DVM, DABVP
A former United States Senator for the state of Colorado, veterinarian Wayne Allard is a graduate of Colorado State University. He was raised on a farm-ranch operation and was in private practice for 23 years during which time he published several scientific articles. Dr. Allard was a charter member of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Companion Animal). He was a part time health officer for the City of Loveland, Colorado and was Chairman of the Larimer County Board of Health. In 1991 Dr. Allard was elected to the Colorado State Senate where he served for eight years. He was then elected to the US House of Representatives where he served for six years. The following 12 years Senator Allard served in the United States Senate. He did not seek re-election, but instead founded his own Colorado consulting business and is Senior Counselor at The Livingston Group in Washington, DC. In that capacity, he is working with the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges to expand educational opportunities for veterinarians and veterinary students.

Dr. Bayvel is a veterinarian with postgraduate qualifications in tropical veterinary medicine, veterinary pharmacology and public policy. His career, to date, has included employment in clinical veterinary practice, the pharmaceutical industry and government service, and he has worked in the United Kingdom, Zambia, South Africa and Australia. He has worked in New Zealand since 1984, where he is currently the Animal Welfare Director for the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. Since 2001, Dr. Bayvel has been actively involved with the World Organization for Animal Health's (OIE's) international animal welfare initiative and he has chaired the OIE's Animal Welfare Working Group since its inception.

Bonnie Beaver, DVM, MS, DACVB
Dr. Beaver is internationally recognized for her work in animal behavior, having authored more than 150 scientific articles and textbooks, including Feline Behavior: A Guide for Veterinarians and a newly released second edition of Canine Behavior: Insights and Answers. She served as chair of the organizing committee and first president of the American College of Veterinary Behavior, and now serves as Executive Director of that specialty group. Dr. Beaver is a past president of a number of organizations including the Texas Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association. She currently serves as president of the Organizing Committee for the American College of Animal Welfare. Dr. Beaver is a professor in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University, where she is director of the Community Practice Service and teaches courses in animal behavior and animal welfare.

Laurence Bonafos, DVM, MACVSc
Dr. Bonafos received her veterinary training at the French National Veterinary School of Maisons-Alfort. Following this, she completed a residency and masters degree program in equine and bovine reproduction at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Returning to France, she first worked as a private practitioner and then as a veterinary official for the French Ministry of Agriculture. Dr. Bonafos joined the European Commission four years ago as an inspector in the animal welfare group at the Food and Veterinary Office, Ireland. As an inspector, she performed missions in Member States of the European Union to assess the assurance schemes they had put in place to ensure appropriate application of European Union statutes addressing animal welfare in slaughterhouses, on farms and during transport. Since January 1, 2009 Dr. Bonafos has worked as an animal welfare policy officer in the Directorate--General Health and Consumers of the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium.

Donald Broom, MA, PhD, ScD, Hon DSc, Hon Dr
A professor of animal welfare in the Department of Veterinary Medicine, Cambridge University since 1986, Professor Broom has developed concepts and methods of scientific assessment of animal welfare, publishing more than 380 refereed papers on cognitive abilities of animals; the welfare of farm, laboratory and zoo animals; animal transport, behavior problems of pets; attitudes toward animals; and the ethics of animal use. Since 1990, he has been chair or vice chair of various European Union scientific committees addressing animal welfare, and chaired the OIE ad hoc group on the Welfare of Animals During Land Transport. Professor Broom's books include Stress and Animal Welfare (2000), The Evolution of Morality and Religion (2003) and Domestic Animal Behaviour and Welfare (2007).

Lawrence Carbone, DVM, PhD, DACLAM
Dr. Carbone has worked in laboratory animal care for 25 years, as a caregiver, a veterinary technician, and a veterinarian. He was a founding (student) member of Cornell University's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), where he obtained his veterinary and PhD degrees, and where he taught laboratory animal medicine and helped develop and teach in the "Animals, Veterinarians and Society" curriculum. He relocated to San Francisco and established the University of California—San Francisco Animal Welfare Assurance Program, and is now a senior clinical veterinarian and an IACUC member. He balances his clinical work with his research and writing on veterinary ethics. His dissertation on the history and ethics of the Animal Welfare Act contributed to his book, What Animals Want: Expertise and Advocacy in Laboratory Animal Welfare Policy (2004).

Graham Coleman, MA, PhD
Since the mid 1980s, professor Coleman's work on stockperson behavior has reflected a synthesis of social psychology and human and animal behavior. This work has lead to the development of a model to describe the impact of stockpersons' attitudes and behavior on farm animal productivity and has received substantial funding from industry. He has conducted research to identify personal characteristics that predict good stockpersonship in the pig industry, including the development of a computerized stockperson selection program. Professor Coleman's current research interests focus on human characteristics, including attitudes, which are relevant to human-animal interactions in the animal industries and in the family, and the development of interactive educational programs on livestock farming for primary school children. Most recently he has studied community attitudes toward farm animals' welfare and the impact of these attitudes on community behavior. He is professor of psychology at Monash University and deputy director of the Animal Welfare Science Centre, a joint collaboration between Monash University, the Department of Primary Industry, and the University of Melbourne. In addition to more than 100 conference papers and abstracts, professor Coleman has published more than 100 journal articles and book chapters and one book. He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Animal Science at The Ohio State University.

Candace Croney, PhD
Candace Croney is an associate professor of animal behavior and bioethics in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine at The Ohio State University. Her expertise area is applied animal behavior, with emphasis on animal learning and welfare. Her research, teaching and outreach efforts focus on the interactions between animal learning, cognition and well being, the effects of rearing environments and enrichment on animal behavior and welfare, the ethical implications of animal care and use decisions, and public perceptions of animal agriculture. She was awarded the Humane Society of the United States' Animals and Society Teaching Award (2003) and the Outstanding New Professor Award from the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State (2003) for her courses on Contentious Issues in Animal Agriculture and Ethical Issues in Animal Agriculture. Professor Croney's research on farm animal cognition has been featured in national and international broadcasts by National Geographic, the BBC and their affiliates. She has served as an animal welfare advisor for the National Pork Board, National Pork Producers Council, Bob Evans, the Animal Agriculture Alliance, the Northwest Sustainable Dairy Program and the American Zoo and Aquarium Association. She is currently United States regional secretary for the International Society of Applied Ethology and chair of the NCCC209 animal bioethics working group. She previously chaired the NC1029 working group on animal behavior and welfare.

Gail Golab, PhD, DVM, MACVSc
Dr. Golab earned her PhD in biochemistry from Texas A&M University and her veterinary degree from the University of Illinois. After completing a medical/surgical internship, and three years in companion animal practice, she accepted a position as an editor with the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Journal of Veterinary Research. After serving in other staff positions, in 2007 she was named Director of the AVMA's Animal Welfare Division. Often acting in an advisory capacity, Dr. Golab serves on the Board of Directors for the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, the Food Marketing Institute/National Council of Chain Restaurants' Animal Welfare Advisory Committee, United Egg Producers' Scientific Animal Welfare Advisory Committee, as AVMA liaison to the Federation of Animal Science Societies' (FASS) Committee on Animal Care, and is vice chair of the National Institute of Animal Agriculture's Animal Care Committee. She is an active participant in the Future Trends in Animal Agriculture program developed by USDA-CSREES and served as a member of the Animal Welfare Working Group of Farm Foundation's Future of Animal Agriculture in North America project. Dr. Golab has assisted healthcare centers in developing guidelines and protocols for animal-assisted activity, therapy, and resident animal programs; has helped create animal care guidelines for retail pet stores; and is engaged in dog bite injury prevention. In 2005, Dr. Golab was inducted into the National Academies of Practice and in 2008 she qualified as a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists (Animal Welfare Chapter).

Linda Lord, DVM, PhD
Dr. Lord received her veterinary, masters, and PhD degrees from The Ohio State University. She practiced small animal medicine for five years and is currently an assistant professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University and service head for Community Practice, Outreach and Shelter Medicine. Dr. Lord's research interests are focused on the welfare of companion animals, particularly unwanted populations of these species. She teaches ethics and jurisprudence in the core veterinary curriculum and also teaches an elective on contemporary issues in animal welfare. Dr. Lord serves on the board of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association.

Janver Krehbiel, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Dr. Krehbiel is a veterinarian and diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists with certification in both anatomic and clinical pathology. His background includes experiences in private clinical practice, the military (base veterinarian), and 42 years in academia within the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. The latter includes positions as a small animal clinician, a diagnostic and clinical pathologist, director of the clinical pathology laboratory, and acting and associate chair of the Department of Pathology. Additionally, he has served as Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs (1989-2006), Senior Associate Dean (1998-2005), Acting Dean (2005), and Director of International Programs (2006-2008). Dr. Krehbiel has served as President of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, Chair of the AAVMC Academic Affairs Committee, Chair of the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, and a member of the AVMA Council on Education. In 2007, he was elected to the AVMA Executive Board, representing District V (Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia). Most recently, Dr. Krehbiel chaired the AVMA Foresight Report Task Force.

David Main, BVetMed, PhD, CertVR, DWEL, MRCVS
Veterinarian David Main is the British Veterinary Association's Animal Welfare Foundation Senior Lecturer in Animal Welfare at the University of Bristol. He is a RCVS-recognized specialist in animal welfare science, ethics and law. Dr. Main is responsible for teaching welfare and ethics to both veterinary and veterinary nurse undergraduates. His research interests include applied welfare assessment and improvement for a variety of species. The goal of his research is to promote incorporation of valid, feasible and repeatable welfare assessment into the management systems of animal units and certification schemes. He is also a member of the United Kingdom's Farm Animal Welfare Council.

Daniel Marsman, DVM, PhD, DABT
Dr. Marsman is corporate veterinarian for product safety and section head in the Animal Welfare and Animal Alternatives Section, Product Safety & Regulatory Affairs department at Procter & Gamble. He received his veterinary degree from Michigan State University, his PhD in toxicologic pathology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship studying the pathobiology of neoplasia at CIIT, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. He previously served as an experimental pathologist and study scientist for the National Toxicology Program (NTP), National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH, and as head of study design for the NTP's chronic toxicity/carcinogenicity testing program. Dr. Marsman's previous positions at P&G have included toxicologic pathologist, research scientist within the carcinogenesis group, and global project leader for Safety and Regulatory Affairs (Household, Baby, Feminine, and Family Care businesses). He has published extensively in the fields of toxicology, pathobiology of neoplasia, and most recently the use of non-animal data in quantitative risk assessments for consumer products. Currently Dr. Marsman has dual responsibilities, managing Product Safety for P&G's global Personal Health Care business and serving as a technical external lead for P&G's Animal Alternatives and Animal Welfare programs. His collaborative contributions have included service on NIH, FDA and ILSI/HESI technical committees, and as a past and/or present scientific advisory member for Johns Hopkins University Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT), the Institute for In Vitro Science (IIVS), and the Scientific Advisory Committee for Alternative Toxicological Methods (SACATM) for the US animal alternatives program (ICCVAM). Dr. Marsman is the current chair of the Animal Welfare Committee of the AVMA.

David Mellor, BSc(Hons), PhD, HonAssocRCVS, ONZM
David Mellor is professor of animal welfare science, professor of applied physiology and bioethics, and co-director of the Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre at Massey University in New Zealand. He has extensive experience, nationally and internationally, working at the interfaces of science, education, ethics, public policy and law with respect to animal welfare, including as Chair of New Zealand's National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (1999-2005) and a participant in the global animal welfare initiative of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE, since 2003). His most recent book, The Sciences of Animal Welfare, co-authored by Emily Patterson-Kane, PhD (currently an AVMA Animal Welfare Division staff member) and Kevin Stafford, MVB, MSc, PhD, FRCVS, MACVSc (co-director of the Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre at Massey University), was published in August 2009.

Joy Mench, PhD
Joy Mench received her PhD in ethology from the University of Sussex in England in 1983. She is a professor in the Department of Animal Science and the director of the Center for Animal Welfare at the University of California, Davis. She conducts research on the welfare of animals, and has been active in undergraduate and graduate student education as a teacher, mentor, and advisor. Professor Mench has served on numerous advisory committees on farm and laboratory animal welfare, including for United States retailers, producer groups, and trade associations; various animal protection organizations; the World Animal Health Organization (OIE); the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO); the European Union; and the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC). She is the recipient of the Humane Society of the United States' Animals and Society Teaching Award (2001), the Poultry Science Association's Poultry Welfare Research Award (2004), and the University of California Davis Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award (2007).

Suzanne Millman, PhD
Professor Millman joined the faculty of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008, as associate professor of animal welfare in the Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine and the Biomedical Sciences departments. She received her bachelor of science in agriculture and PhD degrees from the Department of Animal & Poultry Science, University of Guelph, Canada. Her PhD studies focused on applied ethology and explored genetic and environmental factors associated with aggression in broiler breeder chickens. Professor Millman leads an active research program in farm animal welfare, coordinates animal welfare instruction within the veterinary curriculum and provides expertise in animal behavior and welfare for producers, veterinarians and the public. Prior to her arrival at Iowa State University, Millman was a member of the faculty at Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Canada for five years, where she now holds an adjunct appointment. Her current research interests include animal welfare assessment, behaviors associated with pain and illness, and practical solutions to address animal welfare in production environments, particularly with respect to compromised cattle and swine. Professor Millman serves as section editor (farm animals) for the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, and chairs the Iowa Animal Cruelty Response Task Force.

David Morton, BVSc, PhD, MRCVS
Dr. Morton is professor emeritus in biomedical science and biomedical ethics at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. He is a veterinarian who created the first department in the United Kingdom to teach and examine medical and dental students in healthcare ethics and law where it became a core subject. He was instrumental in setting up the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons' post-graduate qualifications in animal welfare science, ethics and law, and teaches and examines in veterinary ethics and animal welfare science.

Bennie Osburn, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Dr. Osburn has served as dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis since 1996. His scientific career has focused on the health and welfare of food animals, particularly cattle and sheep. Dr. Osburn has participated in key discoveries in virology (e.g., bluetongue, border disease), developmental immunology, congenital infections and food safety, and has produced more than 280 peer-reviewed publications. He earned his bachelors and veterinary degrees at Kansas State University, and his PhD in comparative pathology from the University of California, Davis. While serving as dean, Dr. Osburn has worked to broaden the school's role in animal, human and environmental health. Under his guidance, the International Animal Welfare Training Institute (IAWTI) has been established and charged to bring veterinary medical expertise and science-based solutions to bear in improving the well being of companion animals, horses, livestock and wildlife. Dr. Osburn also played a key role in establishing the University of California's Animal Welfare Council for which he serves as co-chair. The council will serve as a forum for discussion and review of best science-based management practices for animals in agriculture and will identify issues requiring additional study. Related proposals will be developed for use by the university to direct education, research and outreach efforts, and by the industries as statewide, science-based standards and auditing procedures are developed.

Ed Pajor, PhD
Ed Pajor is professor of animal welfare in the Department of Production Animal Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary. He is recognized internationally for his research on the behavior and welfare of swine, dairy cattle and poultry, as well as his expertise in animal welfare standards and regulation. Professor Pajor has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Animal Science and Applied Animal Behavior Science, and as the United States representative to the International Society of Applied Ethology. He also contributes his scientific expertise to numerous organizations and companies, including via service on the McDonald's Animal Welfare Panel, the National Pork Board's Animal Welfare Committee, and the Humane Farm Animal Care Scientific Committee. Professor Pajor completed his bachelor of science degree in biology at the University of Waterloo and received his masters and PhD degrees in biology from McGill University, with an emphasis on animal behavior. Prior to joining the Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, he spent 10 years as a member of the faculty in the Department of Animal Sciences at Purdue University.

Gary Patronek, DVM, PhD
Dr. Patronek began his career in private companion animal practice, but shifted to shelter medicine several years after graduation from the University of Pennsylvania. From there, he accepted a fellowship in epidemiology and animal welfare at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine where be obtained his PhD. Dr. Patronek was on the faculty of Tufts (now Cummings) School of Veterinary Medicine from 1996 until 2003, during which time he was director of the Center for Animals and Public Policy and its graduate program. Currently he serves as vice president for Animal Welfare and New Program Development at the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

Janice Siegford, PhD
Janice Siegford is an assistant professor in the Animal Behavior and Welfare Group in the Department of Animal Science at Michigan State University. Professor Siegford's research examines the impacts of management practices on the growth and development of young animals in agricultural production. Currently she is studying the effects of non-abrupt weaning strategies on the behavior and performance of beef cattle. A second area of research is the behavior and welfare of dairy cattle in robotic milking systems and pasture-based housing where she is examining what motivates cows to milk voluntarily. She also works to develop non-invasive, automated methods for collecting behavior and welfare data from animals in their home environments. Professor Siegford coordinates, develops and teaches online and face-to-face courses in animal welfare and behavior. She currently teaches an undergraduate face-to-face course on applied animal behavior and a graduate online course on animal welfare assessment. Professor Siegford and the other members of the online course development team received an honorable mention in the 2006 SBC Awards for Instructional Technology Competition.

Janice Swanson, PhD
Professor Swanson received her PhD in applied animal ethology from the University of Maryland, while masters and baccalaureate degrees in animal science were earned at the University of Connecticut. Her professional employment includes five years with the USDA as a technical information specialist in the Animal Welfare Information Center. Professor Swanson joined the faculty in the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry at Kansas State University in 1992 and, in 2007, accepted her current position as director of animal welfare at Michigan State University. While a member of the graduate faculty at Kansas State University, Professor Swanson taught courses in domestic animal behavior and welfare, advanced techniques in animal behavior, and contemporary issues. She was also the director of the department's international program until being appointed interim department head in 2004. As director of animal welfare at Michigan State University, she coordinates outreach, teaching and research in farm animal behavior and welfare. She holds faculty appointments in the Department of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences within the College of Veterinary Medicine. In addition to academic responsibilities, she serves on numerous national committees including the Food Marketing Institute/National Council of Chain Restaurants Animal Welfare Advisory Committee, and McDonald's Animal Welfare Advisory Council, the United Egg Producers Scientific Animal Welfare Advisory Committee, Burger King Animal Well-Being Council, Safeway Animal Welfare Committee, Humane Farm Animal Care Scientific Advisory Committee, the Federation of Animal Science Societies' (FASS) Committee on Animal Care, and co-chairs the FASS Guide Revision Committee and is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Animal Science. Professor Swanson is currently the President of the International Society for Applied Ethology and a diplomate of the College of Applied Animal Behavioral Sciences within the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists.

Nestor Tadich, MV, PhD
Dr. Néstor Tadich received his veterinary degree from the University Austral, Chile. After working for two years as a private food animal practitioner, he accepted a position in the Department of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University Austral, Chile. He has remained on the faculty for more than 30 years, fulfilling activities in research, teaching and administration. In 1986 Dr. Tadich obtained his PhD from Liverpool University, United Kingdom, where his research dealt with sheep health. After Dr. Tadich returned to Chile, his research and teaching have focused on sheep and cattle with an emphasis on their welfare. He has published more than 40 papers and has been a leader or collaborator in 12 research projects funded by the Chilean government, the British Council and the International Foundation for Science (IFS), all related to the health and welfare of farm animals. Dr. Tadich was director of the Department of Clinical Sciences from 1998 until 2005, and in 2006 was appointed as Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences of the University Austral, Chile.

Paul B. Thompson, PhD
Professor Thompson holds the WK Kellogg Chair in Agricultural, Food and Community Ethics at Michigan State University. He has been researching and writing on ethical issues associated with production, distribution and consumption of food and farm commodities for almost 30 years. His new book, The Agrarian Vision: Sustainability and Environmental Ethics, will be published by the University Press of Kentucky in the spring of 2010. Professor Thompson serves on the Animal Welfare Scientific Advisory Committee for United Egg Producers and has, on occasion, served as a consultant for the National Pork Producers Council. He is also involved in supporting school gardens and community agricultural groups in the Lansing, Michigan area.

Peter Thornber, BVSc, DipT, MACVSc
Dr. Thornber is an animal welfare specialist in the Australian government. He has agriculture, veterinary and teaching qualifications and extensive experience in Australia's animal health and welfare system. Dr. Thornber is a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists (Animal Welfare Chapter) and the Australian Veterinary Association's Animal Welfare and Ethics Special Interest Group. He was responsible for drafting and finalization of the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy, which is aimed at all Australians and all uses of animals and is designed to improve animal welfare outcomes into the future.

Daniel Weary, PhD
Daniel Weary is a professor and NSERC Industrial Research Chair at The University of British Columbia. He is recognized internationally for his research in animal behavior and animal welfare. Professor Weary is originally from the Province of Quebec, and earned his bachelors and masters degrees in biology at McGill University before moving to the United Kingdom to complete his doctoral studies in animal behavior at Oxford University. Professor Weary worked as a research scientist for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada before moving to The University of British Columbia in 1997 to co-found the University's animal welfare program. He now co-directs this group working on a diverse set of research problems. Professor Weary's research focuses on the scientific assessment of animal welfare. He has authored hundreds of publications, including a recent book, Welfare of Cattle (2008). He frequently speaks for professional audiences on animal welfare and applied animal behaviour.