Dr Becky Whay, Reader in Animal Welfare and Behaviour and International Director for the new Faculty of Health Sciences, has joined the University of Bristol team working to further the vision and mission of the Global Farm Platform. Becky is an outstanding scientist in the field of animal welfare with a particular interest in cattle and will add an important dimension to the capabilities of the Bristol team and the GFP as a whole.
Becky was awarded her 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 has been Head of Bristol’s world renown Animal Welfare and Behaviour Research group and a University Research Theme Leader. In addition she leads a research team within the Animal Welfare and Behaviour group which focuses on methods of animal welfare assessment and improvement. Becky’s work has included conducting welfare assessments of cattle, laying hens and pigs for the RSPCA and initiating projects such as a dairy cattle lameness initiative to provide targeted welfare improvement. She has researched, published and presented papers extensively in the arena of animal welfare assessment and improvement both within the UK and at international forums. Becky has also been working 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.
Becky’s knowledge, interest, experience and infectious enthusiasm in all matters animal welfare and bovine are second to none and acknowledged throughout the research community. We welcome Becky to the GFP research community and look forward to opportunities for her interaction with the wider group.