Changing Lives Improving Life
5th International Conference on the Assessment of Animal Welfare at Farm and Group Level
August 8-11, 2011 | University of Guelph

Invited Speakers


Kathryn Bayne

Kathryn Bayne is Global Director for the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC International). In this role she directs the accreditation program worldwide and travels extensively to advance AAALAC’s accreditation program and laboratory animal welfare. Prior to this position she worked at the National Institutes of Health leading a research program on nonhuman primate psychological well-being and environmental enrichment programs for primates, dogs, cats and swine. She has published over forty articles on the subject, is a certified applied animal behaviorist, and is internationally renowned for her work in laboratory animal behavior. She has also published extensively on accreditation of laboratory animal care and use programs.


Lotta Berg

Lotta Berg received her doctoral degree in 1998 at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, based on her work on broiler and turkey welfare. She has since then been carrying out research in the areas of poultry welfare, animal welfare control and inspections, and farm animal welfare at the time of slaughter and euthanasia. She has been working for the Swedish government for a number of years, developing the national and EU legislation and guidelines in relation to the areas mentioned above, and also been consulted as an expert within EFSA, the European Food Safety Authority. Lotta Berg is currently employed by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences as an Associate Professor in animal welfare and vice dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science. Furthermore, she is affiliated to the Swedish National Centre for Animal Welfare (SCAW).


Andy Butterworth

Andy Butterworth is a Senior Research Fellow at the Bristol Veterinary School, University of Bristol. He received his DVM in 1992 and spent 6 productive and educational years in mixed veterinary practice, developing an interest in veterinary aspects of animal care and welfare and also in the treatment and protection of wild animals. He now interacts with veterinary, animal behaviour and welfare and social scientists, NGO’s and the certification and accreditation bodies to provide input into standard creation and implementation, and also works with commercial bodies around the world providing training and implementation of animal welfare policy and research. Dr. Butterworth carries out research with particular interests in welfare assessment methods for both farmed and wild animals, and teaches biology and vet students about animal welfare, animal disease, ethics and law. Hi is co-ordinator of government and charity funded research projects in welfare assessment and animal use issues, and was co-ordinator of the SP4 component of the Welfare Quality® project. He was also part of AWTraining, an initiative which provides pragmatic training in animal care and welfare issues and which won the 2006 RSPCA/BSAS Animal Welfare Award for its technology transfer courses around the world. Dr. Butterworth has published widely in academic journals, book chapters, and trade and industry papers and has commercial patents within the University of Bristol.


Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin obtained her B.A. at Franklin Pierce College in 1970. In 1974 she was employed as Livestock Editor for the Arizona Farmer Ranchman and also worked for Corral Industries on equipment design. In 1975 she earned her M.S. in Animal Science at Arizona State University for her work on the behavior of cattle in different squeeze chutes. Dr. Grandin was awarded her Ph.D in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1989 and is currently a Professor at Colorado State University. She has done extensive work on the design of handling facilities. Half the cattle in the U.S. and Canada are handled in equipment she has designed for meat plants. Other professional activities include developing animal welfare guidelines for the meat industry and consulting with McDonalds, Wendy’s International, Burger King, and other companies on animal welfare.


Linda Keeling

Linda Keeling is Professor of Animal Welfare at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and coordinator of the Centre of Excellence for Animal Welfare Science in Sweden. Her research has been mainly in the area of Ethology, asking fundamental questions related to social behaviour, motivation and cognition, as well as applied questions related to the welfare of agricultural and pet animals. This work has been mostly with poultry, pigs, horses and dogs. She was on the management team of the project ‘Welfare Quality’ and is currently a leader in the EU project “EconWelfare”. She sits on the Animal Health and Animal Welfare panel at the European Food Safety Authority and is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Forestry and Agriculture.


Cheryl O’Connor

Dr Cheryl O'Connor is Programme Manager, Animal Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in New Zealand. Her primary role is the development and implementation of codes of welfare. In particular, to assist the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC), an independent advisory committee to the Minister of Agriculture, and liaise with key stakeholders in developing science based standards. Cheryl was an animal behaviour and welfare research scientist for 20 years before joining MAF. She worked at both AgResearch and Landcare Research focussed on the development of sustainable and humane vertebrate pest control techniques. Dr O'Connor holds a Lincoln University BAgrSc(Hons) degree and a PhD in animal behaviour from the University of Edinburgh, where her supervisors were Professors Alistair Lawrence and the late David Wood-Gush.


Rupert Palme

Rupert Palme studied Veterinary Medicine in Vienna and graduated 1986. In 1988 he received his DVM. He continued his work at the Institute of Biochemistry of the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna as Assistant Researcher and after his habilitation in Biochemistry (1997; Metabolism and excretion of steroid hormones in the sheep, horse and pig) as Associate Professor. Since then his main research focus has been the metabolism and excretion of glucocorticoids, the characterisation of their metabolites in faeces, as well as the development and validation of EIAs for their quantification. He and his coworkers succeeded in establishing the world-wide first non-invasive method for stress-assessment in animals. Their assays for measuring faecal glucocorticoid metabolites are now applied successfully in an increasing number of bird and mammalian species in a variety of research fields such as animal welfare but also in ethological, ecological or biomedical studies. Recently, he has started radiometabolism studies with catecholamines, in order to set up methods to investigate the second “stress-axis” as well.


Jeff Rushen

Jeff Rushen is a researcher in dairy cattle behavior and welfare at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Research Centre at Agassiz in British Columbia, Canada. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia and the University of Laval in Canada. He received his B Sc degree in psychology and zoology, and his Ph D degree in animal behavior from the University of Queensland in Australia. Since then he has worked on many aspects of animal welfare in poultry, sheep, swine and beef and dairy cattle. His current interests are in lameness in dairy cows and better management for group-housed dairy calves. He is the research representative on the National Farm Animal Care Council of Canada and is a member of the North American Food Animal Well-being Commission for Beef. He was an external expert on the European Food Safety Authority working group that recently examined the welfare of dairy cows and was on the Canadian Council for Animal Care committee that developed guidelines for the care of farm animals used in research and teaching.


Mike Siemens

Dr. Siemens obtained his B.S. from Purdue University in 1983 and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Missouri in 1990. Dr. Siemens is Leader - Animal Welfare and Husbandry for Cargill Animal Nutrition, Animal Protein & Salt CANAPS where he oversees animal welfare efforts for the global meat businesses of Cargill. Dr. Siemens is currently a member of the Animal Welfare Committees for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Pork Board, National Pork Producers Council, National Turkey Federation, Animal Ag Alliance and the American Meat Institute. Dr. Siemens is a foundation instructor for the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization and is also a member of the Cross Border Livestock Health Conference task force to evaluate North American livestock transportation programs. In addition, Dr. Siemens is a member of the NFACC Beef Codes of Practice Development Committee in Canada. Dr. Siemens is also a co-founder of the North American Food Animal Welfare Network and currently holds an Adjunct Faculty appointment in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Kansas State University.


Nadja Wielebnowski

Dr. Nadja Wielebnowski, Vice President of Conservation Science at CZS, also leads Brookfield Zoo’s Behavioral Endocrinology Program and Service Lab. She is the current chair of the AZA Animal Welfare Committee. Her research focuses on the behavioral endocrinology of animal stress and its implications for animal conservation and animal well-being. Nadja has previously worked as a research associate and post-doctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution’s Conservation and Research Center (CRC), National Zoological Park, Front Royal, Virginia. She received her Ph.D. in Ecology as a Fulbright scholar at the University of California, Davis (1996), an M.S. in Zoology (1989) and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Vienna, Austria.