(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) May 5, 2022—To honor her a long time devoted to enhancing farm and laboratory animal welfare via instructing, coaching, service, analysis, advocacy and coverage growth, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) right now acknowledged Dr. Patricia Turner, company vp of Global Animal Welfare for Charles River Laboratories, because the winner of the 2022 AVMA Animal Welfare Award.
The AVMA Animal Welfare Award is introduced to an AVMA member veterinarian in recognition of their achievement in advancing the welfare of animals through management, public service, schooling, analysis/product growth and/or advocacy. It is one of three Animal Welfare and Human-Animal Bond Excellence Awards introduced yearly by the AVMA and supported via academic funding from Merck Animal Health.
“I’m deeply honored to obtain this prestigious award from the AVMA,” stated Dr. Turner. “Improving the lives of animals has been a lifelong ardour for me—via my very own analysis and efforts, but additionally via skilled collaborations, and educating, supporting and provoking excellence in others. Advancing animal welfare is a crucial and ongoing journey for us all.”
Dr. Turner has devoted numerous hours as a volunteer selling the moral therapy of animals in science around the globe. Her ardour for animal welfare schooling and coaching runs deep, and she or he has delivered lectures, seminars and workshops to a variety of veterinary and scientific audiences, on a spread of subjects associated to laboratory animal science and animal welfare and ethics. As an educator, she has skilled a whole lot of veterinary friends and college students, and developed three well-regarded post-graduate applications for veterinarians specializing in laboratory animal science. Dr. Turner and her crew at the moment are growing an in-house on-line certificates program in animal welfare for laboratory animal technicians.
In her position at Charles River Laboratories, Dr. Turner is accountable for assessing welfare dangers and growing animal welfare coverage and associated coaching for the corporate’s websites throughout the United States and around the globe. Her work has straight impacted how animals are raised, cared for and labored with throughout world websites.
Dr. Turner can also be a professor emerita and utilized animal welfare scientist on the University of Guelph and Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare, the place her present analysis pursuits embody analysis animal behavioral administration, compassion science for laboratory animal professionals, analysis animal ache recognition and mitigation, and euthanasia.
Dr. Turner started her veterinary profession as a blended, principally meals animal, practitioner working in a rural setting, which supplied a strong foundation for her later analysis with farmed pigs, rabbits, and poultry, in addition to ongoing actions in nationwide and worldwide coverage growth for farm animal and analysis animal welfare.
A graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College, Dr. Turner is a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, the American Board of Toxicology and the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioral Medicine, specializing in animal welfare science, ethics and legislation. She is the instant previous president of the World Veterinary Association (WVA), the place she led quite a few initiatives to unfold animal welfare data and reward these selling greatest practices. She can also be the previous chair of the WVA’s Animal Welfare Strategic Focus Group, the place she helped produce a number of animal welfare factsheets and place statements on world points and supported the event of new WVA-sponsored world animal welfare awards.
For the AVMA, Dr. Turner has been a member of the Animal Welfare Committee (2008-2014)—main a number of coverage discussions working teams all through her tenure—and the Model Animal Welfare Curriculum Working Group (2011-2015). She has additionally actively supported and championed the AVMA Animal Welfare Judging Competition, together with as a state of affairs reviewer and author (2014-2016), and speaker and decide (2017). Dr. Turner is the present AVMA House of Delegates consultant for the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners.
In 2014, Dr. Turner acquired the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association Humane Award for nationwide contributions to animal welfare.
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