Animal Welfare Patrons


SCAW provides veterinary students a safe space to pursue academic excellence and secure ideal careers. Thus, our Patrons play an important role as mentors, models and contact persons for students who are interested in pursuing a profession in animal welfare.



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.


Dr. Rahman is the Executive Director and Past President of the Commonwealth Veterinary Association, and a Council Member of the International Organisations of World Veterinary Association. Moreover, he is the former Chairman of the OIE Animal Welfare Working Group, and a former Chairman and Member of the OIE Ad hoc Group on Stray Dog Control. His other positions include being the founder Trustee of Rabies In Asia (RIA), an international organisation supported by WHO for the control of Rabies in Asia. Dr. Rahman is also a Founder Life Member and President of the Association for Prevention and Control of Rabies in India (APCRI). He was also a member of the WHO Expert Panel on Rabies, an Executive Director of the Alliance for Rabies Control (ARC) in the UK, as well as the Country Head of Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) India.


Dr. Rahman has both a bachelor's and master's degree in veterinary science, as well as a PhD in veterinary parasitology. He is actively engaged in promoting animal welfare in Islamic countries by raising issues of stunning prior to slaughter, long distance of transport especially in the Middle East. Furthermore, he also authored a paper commissioned by OIE on Islam and Animal Welfare with special reference to cruelty to animals during transport and slaughter to sensitize religious authorities in Islamic countries on animal welfare issues.


Furthermore, Dr. Rahman has published more than 125 scientific papers and has authored a book on veterinary parasitology. His current interests include veterinary public health, particularly zoonoses, to include control programs for rabies and cysticercosis and epidemiology and control of emerging diseases; meat production and modernization of abattoirs; food security and safety; and adaptation to climate change and animal welfare.


Allen started her career in farm animal welfare research, but eventually moved on to global wild animal welfare campaigning, particularly bear bile trade and zoo animal welfare, after completing a Master’s degree in Wild Animal Biology at the Royal Veterinary College, UK. Following her work with the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums as their Zoo Biologist, she helped establish Wild Welfare, a charity dedicated to improving wild animal welfare in captivity around the world. They work closely with regional zoo associations and zoos to improve animal welfare through assessment, training, and policy-led initiatives. Allen's work primarily focuses on captive wild animal welfare assessment, training and capacity building, including monitoring.


Dr. Reckendorf is an ECZM Wildlife Population Health Resident focused on marine mammal research and educational outreach. Her current projects include wildlife population health monitoring, and marine mammal pathology and parasitology.


Hickman is a Research Professor at the Laboratory Animal Resource Center, School of Medicine, Indiana University. Furthermore, she is responsible for directing the animal care and use program of the IU School of Medicine. Hickman also supports a research laboratory that evaluates methods to improve the well-being of animals used in research, which includes exploration of caging environment, toys and treats, and biomethodlogy refinements.


Furthermore, Hickman's works include examining how changes in caging style can improve the well-being of rodents used in research through the use of physiologic and behavioral assessments. She has been involved in studying the effects of various aromas in improving or decreasing animal well-being, and in assessing the well-being of rodents during euthanasia using currently approved methods to determine if there are refinements or alternatives that can improve this process.


Dr. Beaver earned her BS and DVM degrees from the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine. She also has a board-certified specialty status in animal behavior (ACVB) and animal welfare (ACAW) and serves as a faculty member at the Texas A&M University. Her research primarily focuses on animal behavior, human-animal bond, and animal welfare related topics.


Dr. Koch is currently an Assistant Staff Officer at the United States Department of Agriculture, which enforces the US Animal Welfare Act and Horse Protection Act.


 Dr. Knight is an EBVS European and RCVS Veterinary Specialist in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law; an American Veterinary Specialist in Animal Welfare; a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons; and a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. Currently, he is a Professor of Animal Welfare and Ethics, and Founding Director of the Centre for Animal Welfare at the University of Winchester in the UK. He has several academic publications, which include examination of contributions of the livestock sector to climate change, vegetarian companion animal diets, animal welfare standards of veterinarians, recent evidences about animal cognitive and related abilities, including resultant moral implications. 


Dr. Williams is a diplomate of the American College of Animal Welfare and has extensive experience working at an AAALAC and AZA accredited facility by providing veterinary care, as well as colony management to exotic primates in captive settings focusing on optimizing welfare. Currently, she is responsible for managing a colony of 250 lemurs and lorises supporting education, research, and conservation.


Dr. Gallo is the Coordinator of the Animal Welfare Programme at Universidad Austral de Chile, which is part of the OIE Collaborating Centre for Animal Welfare and Livestock Production Systems Chile-Uruguay-Mexico. Additionally, she teaches animal welfare courses to under and postgraduate vet students, as well as supervises them in research projects that deal with the handling, transport and slaughter of farm animals. Her research group focuses on animal welfare at dairy farms, calf rearing, sheep farming and working equids.


Peralta is a Professor of Animal Welfare and Course Leader of the Veterinary Basic Science course at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. His research primarily focuses on therapy dog welfare, reduction of euthanasia in shelters, use of shade by heifers, neonatal calf welfare, infrared thermometers in birds, and animal welfare education.


Dr. Fawcett is a veterinarian in both private practice and in the academe. She is an early career researcher in animal welfare and ethics and has profound interest in One Welfare. A Diplomate of the European College in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law, Dr. Fawcett has a unique career straddling both private clinical practice and academia, including communication (journalism). She also teaches veterinary ethics at the University of Sydney and also the University of Queensland, and co-authored/edited "Veterinary Ethics: Navigating Tough Cases" together with Dr. Siobhan Mullan. Dr. Fawcett’s research is inclined towards the nature and frequency of ethically challenging situations occurring in veterinary practice, and how these might be experienced by veterinarians and nurses.


Dr. Bonnett is an independent consultant and former Associate Professor with tenure at the Ontario Veterinary College. She has a DVM degree, as well as a PhD in Epidemiology. Currently, she is the CEO of International Partnership for Dogs, and is involved in applied research and outreach programs on various species (canine, feline, equine, cattle), theriogenology, epidemiology, clinical practice data/large population data in companion animals (breed-specific issues), human-animal interactions, veterinary medical communication, and international efforts for dog health and welfare.


Dr. Susan Mikota is the Director of Veterinary Programs and Research for Elephant Care International, a non-profit organization that she also co-founded. Elephant Care International is dedicated to elephant healthcare, welfare, and conservation of elephants, as well as facilitating data sharing among elephant professionals. She also has written numerous scientific articles and book chapters, and co-edited Biology, Medicine, and Surgery of Elephants, the first modern veterinary textbook dedicated to elephants.


Dr. Mikota has worked to improve the healthcare and welfare of elephants throughout Asia. She established the Nepal Elephant Healthcare and Tuberculosis Surveillance Program, and assisted colleagues to implement the first elephant TB control program in an Asian elephant range country, wherein there is on-going surveillance and treatment. Moreover, Dr. Mikota is a member of the Asian Captive Elephant Working group and IUCN Asian Elephant and Wildlife Health Specialist Groups. In 2017, she became a Diplomate of the American College of Animal Welfare, a specialty acknowledged by the American Veterinary Medical Association.


Dr. Shivley is a board-certified practitioner at the American College of Animal Welfare and possesses a PhD in Animal Behavior and Welfare. She is also a Veterinary Medical Officer at the US Department of Agriculture, and has served as an AVMA Congressional Science Fellow on the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. Dr. Shivley is currently working on assessing antimicrobial use in animal agriculture, including developing longitudinal studies to evaluate antimicrobial resistance, antimicrobial use, and management practices.

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