Dr. Patricia Turner is a laboratory animal veterinarian and pathologist, and Corporate Vice-President, Global Animal Welfare, for Charles River Laboratories. In this role, she is responsible for developing animal welfare policy and related training for the company's sites around the world. Previously, she worked as a full professor in the Department of Pathobiology at the University of Guelph, where she was also program leader for laboratory animal science and managed the university's laboratory animal diagnostic pathology core. She conducted research in areas of both infectious disease and applied animal welfare, and she taught comparative medicine and pathology, toxicology, and animal welfare undergraduate and graduate programs.
She completed a BSc in Biochemistry (McMaster University) and an MSc in Pharmacology (Dalhousie University), prior to a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the Ontario Veterinary College. After two years of mixed practice, she returned to the University of Guelph for a Doctorate in Veterinary Sciences in Comparative Pathology. She worked as director of Animal Care Services and assistant professor of Pathology at Queen's University and later worked for Warner-Lambert and Pfizer as a toxicology team representative in preclinical safety testing.
Dr. Turner is 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 (specialising in welfare science, ethics, and law). She is current president-elect of the World Veterinary Association, an author and co-editor of a number of chapters and books on animal welfare, laboratory animal medicine, and small mammal pathology, and the 2016 recipient of the AALAS Griffin Award.
Chair, Standards Committee (2015-2016)
Member, Standards Committee (2013-2015)
Member, Guidelines Committee (2010-2013)