Discussion Forum Speakers

Find out more about our 2021 speakers and chairs.

David Alvis

David Alvis

David Alvis

Session: What are the interactions between farming methods, production systems, sustainability and welfare?

David Alvis is an experienced agriculture industry professional who is passionate about the future of UK farming and food production. He is a Nuffield Scholar and Fellow of the Institute of Agricultural Management. David is also director of the Commercial Farmers Group, who promote a competitive and resilient UK agricultural industry producing safe, affordable and sustainable products to meet the needs of customers, consumers and the environment.

 

Cathy Dwyer

Cathy Dwyer

Cathy Dwyer

Session: What are the interactions between farming methods, production systems, sustainability and welfare?

Professor Cathy Dwyer is head of the Animal Behaviour and Welfare Research Team at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) in Edinburgh. The work of the team addresses animal welfare problems and seeks solutions for all the major farmed species, and is one of the largest animal welfare research groups in Europe. Her research interests include maternal behaviour, offspring development and survival (particularly in sheep), pain and the welfare of animals kept in extensive management conditions. Her work spans fundamental understanding of the biology of behaviour and stress to application in the field where she works closely with advisers and consultants to provide solutions to welfare problems. She has been involved in several interdisciplinary and participative research projects, which have engaged with farmers and other stakeholders to co-construct the project, address welfare problems and develop on farm solutions derived bottom-up.

Since 2016 Cathy is also the Director of the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education, at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, which provides animal welfare education for veterinarians, and other groups, in UK and overseas, particularly in Asia. Cathy was appointed as the first Chair of the Scottish Animal Welfare Commission in 2019.

Jimmy Turnbull

Jimmy Turnbull

Jimmy Turnbull

Session: What are the interactions between farming methods, production systems, sustainability and welfare?

Professor Jimmy Turnbull, Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, qualified as a vet from Edinburgh in1980 and worked for 6 years in mixed/large animal practice before specialising in aquaculture. His research is related to health and welfare in farmed aquatic populations and translating that understanding into improved farming practices.

Carmen Hubbard

Carmen Hubbard

Carmen Hubbard

Session: What are the interactions between farming methods, production systems, sustainability and welfare?

Dr. Carmen Hubbard is a Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University. Trained as an agricultural economist, her research interests are in the economics and policy analysis of rural areas. She has extended her expertise to the field of farm animal welfare and currently is a member of the Animal Welfare Committee.

Eddie Clutton

Eddie Clutton

Eddie Clutton

Session: Innovation and Overtreatment – does the desire to innovate compromise companion animal welfare?

Professor Eddie Clutton (BVSc DVA DiplECVA MRCA FRCVS) graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1981 and was awarded the Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia in 1983. He worked at the University of Virginia for 5 years as assistant professor in Veterinary Anaesthesiology, before returning to the UK to become Head of anaesthesia at R(D)SVS (Edinburgh). He anaesthetized “Dolly”, the world’s first mammalian clone. Eddie then went on to be awarded a personal Chair of Veterinary Anaesthesiology in 2007, and an RCVS Fellowship in 2019. Currently, he is Clinical Director of the Wellcome Trust Critical Care Laboratory for Large Animals, and Academic Head of Veterinary Anaesthesia at R(D)SVS.

 

Karen Humm

Karen Humm

Karen Humm

Session: Innovation and Overtreatment – does the desire to innovate compromise companion animal welfare?

Karen is an Associate Professor in Transfusion Medicine and Emergency and Critical Care at the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals, which is the small animal referral hospital at the Royal Veterinary College. She is co-head of the Emergency and Critical Care Service and Director of the Transfusion Medicine Service.

Peter Jinman

Peter Jinman

Peter Jinman

Session: Covid-19: Upholding animal welfare in the face of a pandemic

Peter C Jinman, OBE, BVetMed, DipArb, FCIArb, MRCVS, FRAgS

Peter qualified from the RVC and worked in practice initially in Worcestershire before moving to Herefordshire where he remained in mixed practice until retiring as a senior partner.

Peter was President of BVA in 2002 and President of RCVS in 2010 and was awarded an OBE for his services to the veterinary profession in 2004. Furthermore, he became a member of the Animal Health and Welfare board for the preparation of the initial GB strategy and then of the England Implementation Group (2003- 2009), as well as a lay member of the Committee on standards in the House of Commons.

Currently, Peter is Chairman of the Animal Welfare Committee of DEFRA, with responsibility to the devolved administrations. Whilst also being a trustee for Homes4Horses and Farmers Club, and a director of Happerley Ltd and VCS Ltd, Peter is also a county councillor for Herefordshire Council!

Carolyne Crowe

Carolyne Crowe

Carolyne Crowe

Session: Covid-19: Upholding animal welfare in the face of a pandemic

Carolyne Crowe BVetMed (Hons), BSc (Hons), MSc, Dip Coaching, Dip Stress
Management and Wellbeing, FRCVS

Carolyne is head of training at the VDS. She is an experienced equine vet, an award-winning high performance coach, mentor, international speaker, researcher, and lecturer.

Carolyne has a Masters degree in Workplace Health and Wellbeing, diplomas in stress management and wellbeing, personal and team resilience.

Carolyne has specific expertise and interest in creating healthy workplace cultures, positive leadership and is passionate about helping others thrive at work and in their lives.

Carolyne was awarded Coach of Excellence accreditation and her Fellowship to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2020 for her outstanding contribution to the profession.

Loving a challenge, in 2017, Carolyne ran 10 marathons in 10 days raising over £100,000 for the Brooke charity.

Steven Howard

Steven Howard

Steven Howard

Session: Covid-19: Upholding animal welfare in the face of a pandemic

Steven Howard (BVMS MRCVS DMS), Head of Clinical Services, PDSA

Steven graduated from Glasgow University in 1994, and then worked for 5 years in mixed and small animal private practice. He joined PDSA as a veterinary surgeon in 1999 and then became Senior Veterinary Surgeon at their Swansea Pet Hospital in 2003. In 2007 Steven moved to PDSA head office in Telford as Clinical Operations Manager, and then onto his present role as Head of Clinical Services in 2009.

One of his main roles within PDSA is to ensure that PDSA offer a service across their 48 Pet Hospitals and Clinics which is evidence based, pragmatic, of a pitch appropriate for a charity to offer but is also good quality for their clients and patients. This is achieved through ongoing development of clinical governance and quality improvement frameworks which also satisfy ethical and regulatory obligations.

Daniella Dos Santos

Daniella Dos Santos

Daniella Dos Santos

Session: Covid-19: Upholding animal welfare in the face of a pandemic

Session chair: What are the interactions between farming methods, production systems, sustainability and welfare?

Daniella graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2012, having previously obtained a BSc in Molecular Genetics from Kings College London. She has been in small animal and exotics practice since graduating, currently working in Kent and studying towards her Cert AVP Zoological Medicine. Her passion is ethics and animal welfare and she is a past chair of the BVA Ethics and Welfare Advisory Panel, and served as BVA President 2019-2020

Nick Powell

Nick Powell

Nick Powell

Session chair: Innovation and Overtreatment – does the desire to innovate compromise companion animal welfare? / Covid-19: Upholding animal welfare in the face of a pandemic

Double Royal Television Society award winner Nick Powell is Sky News Sports Editor and a presenter on Sky Sports News. He has covered Olympic Games, Wimbledon, FA Cup finals and many major events at home and abroad. Nick studied German and Russian at Bradford University before a journalism post-grad at Cardiff.

Fiona Fell

Fiona Fell

Fiona Fell

Session chair: AWF-funded research updates

Whilst working as a mixed practice vet Fiona organised farmers’ meetings for the Moredun Foundation which supports livestock health and welfare through research and education, becoming a Board member of the Foundation and Institute. She is currently Deputy Chairman of CIEL (Centre of Innovation Excellence in Livestock); a business led collaboration of 12 UK Universities and Institutes, one of 4 AgriTech Centres. She is also a Council member of the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution), a member and past Chairman of the Farne Islands Advisory Committee to the National Trust, and a trustee of the Animal Welfare Foundation.

Carol Gray - Researcher

Carol Gray - Researcher

Carol Gray - Researcher

AWF-funded project: Evaluation of delayed euthanasia in cats and dogs using electronic health records (EHRs)

Following a career in small animal veterinary practice, and then in veterinary education, Carol completed her PhD thesis on informed consent for routine neutering of companion animals in 2019, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship looking at shared decision-making in veterinary practice. Carol is also co-founder of the UK Veterinary Humanities network.

Rowena Packer - Researcher

Rowena Packer - Researcher

Rowena Packer - Researcher

AWF-funded project: Pandemic Puppies: Exploring motivations and behaviours of UK owners acquiring puppies during the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown

Rowena is Lecturer in Companion Animal Behaviour and Welfare Science at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and a BBSRC Future Leader Research Fellow. She holds a first-class BSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare (2009) from the University of Bristol and a PhD in Animal Welfare from the RVC (2013).

Sara Owczarczak-Garstecka - Researcher

Sara Owczarczak-Garstecka - Researcher

Sara Owczarczak-Garstecka - Researcher

AWF-funded project: Exploring the Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Dog Owners’ Healthcare Seeking Behaviour in Relation to Chronic Conditions in Dogs: a Pilot Study.

Sara graduated from UCL with a BSc in Anthropology before completing an MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour at the University of Lincoln. In 2020 she completed a PhD at the University of Liverpool entitled “Dog Bites: Perception and Prevention”. Afterward, Sara split her time between completing an AWF-funded post-doctoral study exploring the impact of COVID-19 on veterinary healthcare seeking and working as a Research Officer at Dogs Trust. She currently works full time on Dogs Trust’s Generation Pup cohort study.

Joseph Neary - Researcher

Joseph Neary - Researcher

Joseph Neary - Researcher

AWF-funded project: Improving end-of-life decision making and timely euthanasia of dairy cattle and calves

Dr. Joseph Neary graduated from veterinary school at the University of Cambridge in 2008 and undertook an internship in food animal medicine and surgery at Colorado State University (2009). He completed his doctoral degree at Colorado State University in 2014 before joining the Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Texas Tech University, as Assistant Professor of Animal Health and Well-Being. In 2019 he joined the University of Liverpool as Senior Lecturer in the Department of Livestock and One Health. 

Jillian Gordon - Student researcher

Jillian Gordon - Student researcher

Jillian Gordon - Student researcher

AWF-funded project: The relationship between grimace expressions of dairy cattle and post-mortem dental health

Jillian is an Applied Animal Science graduate from SRUC who moved on to complete a Masters in International Animal Welfare Ethics and Law at Edinburgh University in 2019. This was followed by a Masters by Research at the University of Edinburgh in Human Geography in 2020. Currently Jillian is in the first year of a PhD studentship working with SRUC and The University of Edinburgh as part of the Global academy looking at the relationships around cattle production in the UK.

Tobias Hunter - Student researcher

Tobias Hunter - Student researcher

Tobias Hunter - Student researcher

AWF-funded project: Importing overseas rescue dogs: An investigation into issues seen in UK veterinary practice

Tobias is a Veterinary Medicine student at University of Liverpool. His interests focus on mental health in veterinary students, diseases and behavioural disorders in imported overseas rescue dogs, and the husbandry requirements and welfare implications of the exotic pet trade.

Sheryl Bradley - Student researcher

Sheryl Bradley - Student researcher

Sheryl Bradley - Student researcher

AWF-funded project: The effects of change of keeper and level of human-animal relationship on the behaviour of Kikuyu black-and-white colobus and Scarlet Ibis

Sheryl has so far dedicated her career to veterinary nursing in charity environments. She is passionate about conservation and has spent the last 3 years working at Zoological Society London, London Zoo, where she values the opportunity to work with wildlife. Sheryl completed her MSc in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law last year, for which her dissertation research project was awarded the Animal Welfare Foundation student research grant.