WSAVA animal welfare award-winner announced

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An American veterinarian, board-certified in both animal welfare and behaviour, has been announced as the recipient of this year’s World Small Animal Veterinary Association Award for Companion Animal Welfare.  

Dr Melissa Bain is a professor of Clinical Animal Behavior at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in the US, where her research interests include enrichment for confined cats, owner attachment issues and stress in shelter animals. She is also director of Professional Student Clinical Education.

She is to receive the Award—developed by the WSAVA’s Animal Wellness and Welfare Committee (AWWC)—in recognition of the significant contribution she has made to animal welfare through integrating the field of human-animal interactions with veterinary clinical behaviour.

Dr Bain’s passion for veterinary education led her to lobby successfully for an increase in the range of courses on animal behaviour and welfare courses available to veterinary students and to better integrate them within UC Davis’ overall veterinary school curriculum. 

“Dr Bain has shown herself to be a visionary veterinary and animal welfare leader, dedicated to service, research and education,” AWWCco-chair Dr Melinda Merck said.

“Her work has significantly advanced the global veterinary community’s understanding of the important role played by veterinarians in animal welfare and she has made an immeasurable, positive impact on the lives of animals.” 

Dr Bain will receive her Award during this year’s WSAVA World Congress, which takes place in Toronto from 16-19 July.

For more on Dr Bain’s achievements and qualifications visit the WSAVA website.


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