Joy Mench, PhD

​Joy Mench received her doctor of philosophy 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. Dr. Mench conducts research on the behavior and welfare of animals, especially poultry, and has published more than 150 papers, book chapters, and books on these topics. She has served as an advisor on animal welfare issues to numerous organizations and programs, including the United Egg Producers, the National Chicken Council, Butterball Turkey, Maple Leaf Farms, McDonald’s, Safeway, Sysco, Certified Humane, American Humane Certified, the Food Marketing Institute, the National Council of Chain Restaurants, the World Animal Health Organization (OIE), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the National Research Council, the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International, and the European Union Welfare Quality project. Her primary focus as an advisor has been on developing standards and auditing programs for the housing, handling, transport and slaughter of animals. She received the Poultry Science Association Poultry Welfare Research Award in 2004 and the UC Davis Distinguished Public Scholarly Service Award in 2007.

Joy Mench, PhD