Dr. David Hanwell has worked as a laboratory animal veterinarian in various capacities within the industry (private), hospital (public), and academic sectors. He is currently the University of Toronto's University Regulatory Veterinarian. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the animal ethics and care program at the University, ensuring that appropriate regulatory standards are maintained in research and teaching programs, ranging from biomedical research and basic biology to fieldwork. He is currently involved with a grant-funded animal welfare research project that aims to minimize post-operative pain/distress by evaluating the efficacy of various analgesia regimens.
Previously, Dr. Hanwell was a clinical veterinarian at the University Health Network (UHN) where he provided clinical and surgical support for research involving a range of species. Prior to joining UHN, he worked at Sanofi-Pasteur in its divisions of Research (as a doctoral student) and Quality Control (as a manager/veterinarian).
Dr. Hanwell completed both a BSc (University of Guelph) and an MSc (University of Toronto) in Biochemistry, followed by a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the Ontario Veterinary College. After a stint in private practice, he returned to the University of Guelph where he earned a Doctorate in Veterinary Sciences in Laboratory Animal Science. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, the current Chair of the CCAC subcommittee on endpoints, and has several publications, including a recent book chapter on the topic of ethical considerations of animal use in neurobehavioural science. In 2017, he received the University of Toronto Simcoe Hall Vice-President's Staff award and was nominated for the University of Toronto Chancellor's Award.