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Animal welfare professor awarded U of G University Professor Emerita

Congratulations to three Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) professors recently recognized by the University of Guelph as University Professor Emerita: Profs. Eva Nagy, Elizabeth Stone and Patricia Turner. Read below for highlights of Prof. Patricia Turner's significant contributions to OVC and follow these links for highlights on Prof. Elizabeth Stone's tenure as dean of OVC and Prof. Eva Nagy's significant contributions to OVC. 

Prof. Patricia Turner, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph Prof. Patricia Turner, a global leader in laboratory animal science, has been named University Professor Emerita by the University of Guelph (U of G). Turner is internationally recognized for her contributions to animal welfare, particularly her efforts to improve the health and well-being of research animals.

As a professor in the Department of Pathobiology at the U of G’s Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), Turner led the Laboratory Animal Science program from 2002 until her retirement in 2018, an internationally recognized and American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) accredited program, and the only graduate program of its kind in Canada. Through this program, Turner played a key role in improving training for veterinarians in laboratory animal science. Turner also spearheaded the creation of the U of G’s distance learning certificate program in laboratory animal medicine for veterinarians, which has been well received outside North America, offering opportunities for veterinarians to improve their knowledge and skill-set.

In April 2020, Turner became the first Canadian and second woman ever to be appointed as president of the World Veterinary Association (WVA). The WVA acts as an umbrella organization for national and regional veterinary associations and organizations, uniting more than 500,000 veterinarians in over 96 countries. She is also currently the corporate vice president of Global Animal Welfare with Charles River, a research company specializing in preclinical laboratory services.

Turner has participated in many external leadership activities shaping policies that positively affect the lives of animals, serving as an active member of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), American Veterinary Medical Association, National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC), AAALAC International, ACLAM, and the Canadian Council on Animal Care. She is a past president of the Association of Primate Veterinarians and the International Association of Colleges of Laboratory Animal Medicine. She is also a valued member of numerous international associations devoted to research animal medicine and welfare.

Since 2000, she has been 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, recently completing a term as chair of the Executive Committee for the animal welfare subspecialty.

Turner began her career after receiving her BSc from McMaster University and her MSc at Dalhousie University. She then attended OVC, where she earned a DVM in 1992 and a DVSc in 1997. Subsequently, Turner served as the Director of Animal Care Services at Queen’s University and later worked as a toxicologist at Warner-Lambert/Pfizer before beginning her professorship at OVC.

Turner served as co-editor in Chief of the National Academy of Sciences’ ILAR Journal and has published over 150 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters. She has written several books on topics that include applied veterinary ethics, small mammal pathology, laboratory animal medicine, and research animal welfare. In 2014, Turner was awarded the CVMA Humane Award for her efforts to improve the health and welfare of laboratory animals.

After her retirement from OVC, Turner became an adjunct faculty and an associated graduate faculty in OVC’s Department of Pathobiology, continuing her involvement in graduate programs.

The OVC community thanks you Prof. Turner for your significant contributions to our community; we are proud to have you join our esteemed group of Professor Emerita/us.