We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Kathryn (Katy) Proudfoot to the Atlantic Veterinary College as Director of the Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre, and Associate Professor, Departments of Health Management and Companion Animals. Dr. Proudfoot’s passion for animal welfare research began as a graduate student at the University of British Columbia’s Animal Welfare Program, where she completed her MSc and PhD, focusing her research on housing and management strategies that improve the welfare of dairy cattle before and after giving birth. Since 2013, she has been at Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, where she led the development of the animal welfare curriculum, through which she has been teaching animal welfare and animal behaviour courses to pre-clinical and clinical veterinary students for several years.
Dr. Proudfoot’s current research themes relate to maternal behaviour in dairy cattle, veal calf health and welfare, and measuring stress in animals. She has experience with national and international collaborations on welfare-related research in several species and looks forward to broadening this further, including in aquaculture, wildlife, and companion animals. As she states, and aptly demonstrates, “Principles underlying animal welfare research are broadly applicable across species.”