We are pleased to welcome Patricia Turner, MS, DVM, DVSc, DACLAM, DABT, DECAWBM, as our new corporate vice president of global animal welfare. In her new role, Dr. Turner will oversee the ongoing enhancement and implementation of our global animal welfare, enrichment, and humane care initiatives across all businesses. She will be responsible for ensuring best practices within our animal welfare programs, developing consistent training for all employees, and increasing Charles River’s commitment to the 3Rs (replacement, reduction, and refinement). She will also serve as both the national and international Charles River representative on animal welfare and humane care to organizations, regulatory bodies, and other public forums.
Dr. Turner brings over 25 years of experience in veterinary sciences and medicine. She is joining Charles River from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, where she has been a professor and program leader in laboratory animal science in the Department of Pathobiology since 2002. Regarded as a global authority in veterinary and animal welfare, Dr. Turner has taught graduate and undergraduate veterinary students in comparative medicine and pathology, toxicology, and animal welfare. Prior to that, she served as the senior research associate for safety evaluation and testing at Pfizer Global Research and Development. Since 2000 she has been a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, as well as a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology (ABT), and the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (ECAWBM).
Dr. Turner received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Doctorate of Veterinary Sciences degrees from the Ontario Veterinary College. Since then, she has joined numerous professional memberships and affiliations, including the Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Medicine, American Veterinary Medical Association, Association of Primate Veterinarians, and the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine. Throughout her career, Dr. Turner has contributed to hundreds of publications, reviews, policies, studies, and papers on the subject of animal welfare.