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Farm Animal Welfare Audits Lecture Feb 22

February 11, 2010

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The International Animal Welfare Training Institute presents Jim Reynolds, DVM, MPVM, Monday, February 22 for a lecture, "Farm Animal Welfare Audits: Putting the Science of Welfare and Behavior into the Field."

The free lecture begins at 6:00 PM in 1020 Glady Valley Hall, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

The assessment of on-farm practices designed to ensure animal welfare is a new and growing field. A national on-farm dairy welfare program has been developed (the FARM program)that will be implemented this year. Dr. Reynolds, an authority on farm animal welfare, will present methods of assessing and auditing welfare and what goes into sound, consistent recommendations.  The Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) program will be introduced and specific issues such as pain management will be discussed.

Dr. Reynolds graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1982 and has practiced bovine medicine throughout California. He began with the Chino Valley Veterinary Group in Southern California and spent 14 years in dairy and beef cattle practice near Sacramento, California. He completed a residency in Public Health with the California department of Health Services before becoming a clinician at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in the Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center in Tulare.

The Chief of Service for On-farm Clinical Medicine, Dr. Reynolds lectures on calf management and consults on International bovine projects, among other duties. Dr. Reynolds received the 2004 Quality Veterinarian of the Year award from Merial and the Milk and Dairy Beef Quality Assurance Program at the American Association of Bovine Practitioners. He spent several weeks in the United Kingdom assisting British farmers during the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak of 2001.

He received the 2007 Animal Welfare Award from the American Veterinary Medical Association. He is the past chair of the American Veterinary Medicine Animal Welfare Committee, the American Association of Bovine Practitioners Animal Welfare Committee, and is a member of the International Animal Welfare Training Institute and the University of California Animal Welfare Council. Dr. Reynolds has conducted welfare assessments and audits across the US and lectures extensively on farm animal welfare.  

The lecture is open to students, faculty, staff and members of the public.