The Centre

Welcome to the Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare (CCSAW) at the University of Guelph!

Dr. Tina Widowski - Director

Thank you for visiting the Campbell Centre website.  I have been with the Campbell Centre for over 20 years, starting as Assistant Director in 1994 during my “postdoctoral years”. In the beginning, our vision was to have four full time “core” faculty members who focused all of their research and teaching in animal welfare science or ethics.

Today we have over 10 core faculty members and research associates across colleges who collectively advise nearly sixty graduate students completing Masters or Doctoral degrees on animal welfare topics at any given time. Our DVM students at the Ontario Veterinary College are provided opportunities for targeted training in animal welfare assessment.

Our graduates make change happen. They go on to careers in academia, industry, government, and not for profits.  They have become professors and researchers, welfare program managers and professionals at regulatory agencies.  They have helped shape guidelines and policy.  Some have worked on the development of Canada’s Codes of Practice for the care and handling of farm animals, others on guidelines for animals used in research and teaching with the Canadian Council on Animal Care.

The Campbell Centre’s outreach activities have expanded from one to two lectures a year and an information booth, to seminar series, public lectures and a full-day research symposium annually.  We also organize conferences, workshops and provide formal customized animal welfare training programs for a variety of different audiences.

Our founding faculty and benefactors were bold and ahead of their time. From its inception, the Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare at the University of Guelph was unique. It was meant to be multi-disciplinary, multi-college and multi-species. It was meant to draw its strength from having people with different perspectives, different talents and different approaches to the consideration of non-human animals. It was built on collaboration and respect for different viewpoints.

In 2007 all of the university-wide centres at the University of Guelph were assigned to a College and Dean for administrative oversight. CCSAW came under the leadership of OVC and were very lucky to have Elizabeth Stone as the Dean at the time. During her term, Dean Stone provided tremendous support for the Centre and fostered the collaborative spirit that CCSAW was built upon.  She helped build a team of core faculty within OVC and OAC and has promoted working together with faculty across the colleges.

Now, with Dean Wichtel at the helm of OVC and continuing to support and encourage CCSAW’s efforts, this university-wide collaboration continues to bring a mix of public engagement and industry support that is critical for our success, as we promote the welfare of animals through research, outreach and education.

I am very proud of our accomplishments and most proud of our team.

Please explore our web-site to join us at one of our public events, watch a seminar by one of our guest speakers or find out more about opportunities for graduate programs and more.

Tina Widowski, B.S., M.S., PhD.
Professor, Animal Biosciences
Director, CCSAW