Lynne Sneddon, Director of Bioveterinary Sciences at the University of Liverpool
Lynne’s research addresses mechanistic and functional questions in animal welfare using aquatic models particularly addressing pain, fear and stress. Current research topics include exploring pain assessment and analgesia in laboratory fish and use of young non-protected larval fish to replace adults. Lynne is Chair of the Animal Section within the Society for Experimental Biology, sits on the NC3Rs Research Grant Panel and is ethics editor for the journal Behavioral Ecology.
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David C.C. Wolfenden , M.Phil in ornamental fish welfare, Curator at Blue Planet Aquarium, UK
David he is engaged in aquatic animal conservation and welfare research trough is work. He also writes freelance for ornamental fish keeping magazines and has authored chapters on fish welfare for academic books.
Mette S. Herskin, Senior scientist in animal behavior and stress biology at Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University, Denmark. Mettes´research links ethology, veterinary science and biomedicine and focuses on the welfare of farm animals when kept under conditions, where welfare may be challenged. A large part of her research is focused on the development of behavioural methodology to quantify pain and other negative affective states and thereby improve the understanding of the welfare effects of production diseases, other pathological conditions (such as mastitis, shoulder ulcers, hernia) and management procedures (such as animal transport, pick-up facilities, dry-off and sickness pens) in animals kept for meat production and as part of model studies.
Jo Murrell, Reader in Veterinary Anaesthesia, University of Bristol, UK.
After working as head of small animal anaesthesia at the University Utrecht and a two year period in New Zealand as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow Jo returned to the University of Bristol in 2007 as Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Anaesthesia where she divides her time between clinics, teaching and research. Jo is passionate about clinical pain management and pain research, with the aim of promoting best practice in analgesia provision in patients.
Anna Hielm-Björkman, Clinical instructor at the Faculty of veterinary medicine, University of Helsinki, Finland
Anna has a long interest in research and is now most interested in the ultimate reasons behind pain and diseases. She feels she could have the biggest impact on animal wellbeing by finding ways to prevent painful disorders all together. To be able to do this she has had to develop several indices that measure eg. chronic pain or functionality in dogs. The Helsinki Chronic pain index is now being validated in several languages and the CSI-Finland and the FinFun help physiotherapists evaluate treatment outcome in canine patients.
Matt Leach, Ethologist and animal welfare scientist at Newcastle University, UK
Matt’s research focuses on various aspects of the welfare of laboratory, companion and farm animals. More specifically, the assessment and alleviation of post-procedure pain, the assessment of pain and distress associated with euthanasia, and how housing, husbandry and common procedures can affect the psychological of captive animals and its influence on pain and distress.