Dr. Turner is a laboratory animal veterinarian and pathologist who works as Corporate Vice-President at Global Animal Welfare for Charles River Laboratories. Previously, she worked as a tenured professor in the Department of Pathobiology at the University of Guelph, where she was also the Program Leader for Laboratory Animal Science and managed the university's laboratory animal diagnostic pathology core.
Dr. Turner possesses a BSc in Biochemistry, and an MSc in Pharmacology prior to a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the Ontario Veterinary College. After two years of mixed practice, she obtained a Doctorate in Veterinary Sciences degree in Comparative Pathology at the University of Guelph. She also worked as the Director of Animal Care Services and Assistant Professor of Pathology at Queen's University and later worked for Warner-Lambert and Pfizer as a toxicology team representative in preclinical safety testing.
She is a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM), the American Board of Toxicology (ABT), and the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (specializing in Welfare Science, Ethics, and Law; ECAWBM). Dr. Turner is also the current President-Elect of the World Veterinary Association, an author and co-editor of a number of chapters and books on animal welfare, laboratory animal medicine, and small mammal pathology, and the 2016 recipient of the AALAS Griffin Award.
Some of Dr. Turner's works include assessing carbon dioxide for on-farm euthanasia of poultry; developing a Health and disease surveillance network for Ontario mink farms; evaluation of methods for on-farm euthanasia and humane depopulation of commercial meat rabbits; evaluation of analgesia efficacy in piglets undergoing castration and tail docking; assessing the role of fecal microbiome in farmed mink health and disease; and determining the prevalence of enteric disease agents in Ontario commercial rabbits: zoonotic potential and impact on animal health.