Dr. Brenda Bonnett

After several years in practice and many years as a tenured Associate Professor at the Department of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, Brenda is now a Consulting Epidemiologist and CEO of the non-profit International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD).

Academic achievements include over 87 peer reviewed publications and 5 book chapters across many disciplines and fields including clinical epidemiology, theriogenology, human-animal interactions, veterinary education, and communication, as well as population-based research using secondary data sources, most notably a large companion animal veterinary insurance database in Sweden on dogs, cats and horses and a recent chapter on international issues of brachycephalic dogs. Supervised 12 doctoral and 10 master students in several countries. Dr. Bonnett has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

Consultation on numerous welfare initiatives including pet over-population, work with cat and dog shelters, welfare, and regulatory organizations. Facilitated workshop on accessible veterinary care.

Initiated the IPFD as a multi-stakeholder, collaborative organization to enhance the health, well-being and welfare of dogs, and support human-dog interactions. IPFD is facilitating international dialogue and actions to address ongoing and emerging issues relative to extreme conformation in dogs, among other challenges.


Dr. Candace Croney

Dr. Candace Croney is Associate Vice-Provost of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at Purdue University, Director of Purdue’s Center for Animal Welfare Science, and professor of animal behavior and well-being in the departments of Comparative Pathobiology and Animal Sciences.  She earned her PhD in animal sciences from The Pennsylvania State University.  Following postdoctoral training at the University of Maryland, College Park, she went on to serve as Assistant Director of Conservation Education at the American Zoo and Aquarium Association and has held faculty appointments in Animal Sciences at Oregon State University and in Preventive Medicine at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine prior to joining Purdue University’s faculty.  Her research and engagement programs focus on evaluating and improving the welfare of companion and agricultural animals, understanding public perceptions of animal welfare, and exploring the bioethical implications of animal care and use decisions.  Her work has been featured in national and international broadcast programs by National Geographic, Animal Planet, and the BBC.  

She translated her collaborative research on canine welfare to create a unique voluntary national certification program, Canine Care CertifiedTM, that sets rigorous standards for the care and welfare of dogs in breeding kennels.  She serves as scientific advisor on animal welfare to numerous groups, including the American Humane Association, Tyson Foods, Fairlife, Bob Evans Farms, Kent Pet Group, and Wayne Farms.


Dr. Rowena Packer

Rowena graduated from the University of Bristol in 2009 with a BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour and Welfare (1st Class). She joined the Royal Veterinary College as a PhD student in 2009 (awarded in 2013), and she has since been a Postdoctoral Researcher (2013-2016), a BBSRC Future Leader Fellow (2017-2021) and is now the Lecturer in Companion Animal Behaviour and Welfare Science (2020-Present). 

Rowena leads a research group exploring diverse topics in this area, including the impact of chronic and inherited disorders on dog behaviour and welfare, and the impact of owner knowledge, attitudes and behaviour on canine welfare. In 2016, Rowena was awarded the UFAW Young Animal Welfare Scientist of the Year award. Rowena is an Editorial Board Member for the journal Scientific Reports, a Coordinating Group Member for the BBSRC-UFAW Animal Welfare Research Network, a Trustee of the Dog Breeding Reform Group, and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has co-authored over 60 papers on the health and welfare of dogs and cats since 2012, and her new book ‘Health and Welfare of Brachycephalic (Flat-faced) Companion Animals’, co-edited with Dr Dan O’Neill, was published in summer 2021.