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    Dr John Merritt Rawlings



    • John Merritt Rawlings BSc, MSc, PhD.
    • Head of Welfare & Ethics WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition.
    I am a Physiology graduate of Glasgow University (BSc, MSc) and Manchester University (PhD), with additional postdoctoral experience in pharmaceutical toxicology. I joined WALTHAM in 1994 studying many aspects of the nutritional management of canine and feline health and disease states. I have a long standing interest in animal welfare and ethics in a research environment and currently I am Head of Welfare & Ethics for Mars Inc. I am a member of The Physiological Society, The Laboratory Animal Science Association (LASA) and the Universities Federation of Animal Welfare (UFAW). I am also a lay member of the British Veterinary Association Ethics and Welfare Group and on the Welfare and Wellness Committee of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association. Currently, I have over 100 publications, 41 of which are full peer-reviewed papers, with 13 of these having first authorship.


    Animal Wellness and Welfare Committee(AWWC): Member