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Pat Turner

Patricia Turner is Corporate Vice-President, Global Animal Welfare for Charles River and oversees global policy and training in animal welfare and behaviour. She is also Professor Emerita at the University of Guelph, where she worked as a professor and program leader of laboratory animal science and her lab conducted research evaluating the impact of environment on affective behaviour and disease susceptibility, infectious diseases and the gut microbiome of research animals, and research animal anaesthesia, analgesia, and euthanasia, including humane methods of on-farm euthanasia of meat rabbits, poultry, and pigs. She completed a BSc (McMaster University) and an MSc (Dalhousie University), prior to a DVM degree (Ontario Veterinary College). After two years of mixed mostly food animal practice, Turner returned to the University of Guelph for a Doctorate in Veterinary Sciences (Comparative Pathology). Following post-doctoral work at McGill University, she worked as Director of Animal Care Services and Asst Professor, Pathology at Queen’s University. She later worked for Pfizer as a toxicologist in preclinical safety testing. 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 Behavioural Medicine, and is President-Elect of the World Veterinary Association.