Institution: University of Bristol Veterinary School
Becky Whay graduated from the University of Leeds with an honours degree in agricultural animal science in 1994 and was awarded a PhD from Bristol University in 1998 following work to improve methods of pain relief for UK dairy cattle, a field in which she continues to work. She currently leads a research team within the Animal Welfare and Behaviour group which researches methods of assessing and improving dairy cattle welfare. She has recently been working with UK dairy farmers to reduce lameness in their cattle.
Becky has researched, published and presented papers widely in the arena of animal welfare assessment and improvement both within the UK and at international forums. She has extensive experience of communication and facilitation with livestock owners and in developing and delivering programmes using participatory action research frameworks. She has used participatory methodologies in activities such as the Healthy Feet Project in the UK and working equine intervention programmes in India and Pakistan. She has worked in collaboration with the Brooke Hospital for Animals, the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and Send a Cow on a number of projects aimed at facilitating welfare improvement among working equines and production animals in developing countries.