Dr. Patricia Turner is a professor in the Department of Pathobiology and program leader of Laboratory Animal Science at the University of Guelph, teaching comparative medicine and pathology, toxicologic pathology, and animal welfare to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. She also manages the university laboratory animal diagnostic pathology core and provides consultative laboratory animal medicine and pathology services. Her research interests include impact of environment on affective behaviour and disease susceptibility, infectious diseases of laboratory animals, and anesthesia, analgesia, and euthanasia.
She holds a BSc (McMaster University), an MSc (Dalhousie University), a DVM (Ontario Veterinary College), and a Doctorate in Veterinary Sciences Comparative Pathology (University of Guelph). Following post-doctoral work at McGill University, 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.
She returned to the University of Guelph to develop post-graduate training programs in laboratory animal science and animal welfare and has a keen interest in e-learning and simulation training for medical professional and post-graduate education. She 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 (specializing in Welfare Science, Ethics, and Law), and was the 2016 recipient of the AALAS Griffin Award, which recognizes ethical scientific advancements in humane experimentation.
Chair, Standards Committee (2015-2016)
Member, Standards Committee (2013-2015)
Member, Guidelines Committee (2010-2013)