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WSAVA Award for global advocate of veterinarians in animal welfare

Published: 4/15/2019
Recipient has enhanced animal welfare through integrating the field of human-animal interactions with veterinary clinical behaviour...

Dr Melissa Bain, an American veterinarian, board-certified in both animal welfare and behavior, is the recipient of this year’s WSAVA Award for Companion Animal Welfare. It is our newest Award and was created in 2018 to mark the launch of our new Global Guidelines on Companion Animal Welfare.

Dr Bain is a professor of Clinical Animal Behavior at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in the US.  In addition to her clinical, teaching and research duties, she is Director of Professional Student Clinical Education. In this role she mentors veterinary students and residents, ensuring that the next generation of veterinarians is equipped with the expertise to further advance companion animal welfare globally.

Dr Melinda Merck, Co-Chair of the WSAVA Animal Wellness and Welfare Committee, says: “Dr Bain has shown herself to be a visionary veterinary and animal welfare leader, dedicated to service, research and education. Her work has significantly advanced the global veterinary community’s understanding of the important role played by veterinarians in animal welfare and she has made an immeasurable, positive impact on the lives of animals.”

Read the press release.

Click here to find out more about the WSAVA Awards.