UFAW announces Charlotte Burnas the winner of its Young Animal Welfare Scientist of the Year award 2012.

The Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) has announced the winner of the 2012 UFAW Young Animal Welfare Scientist of the Year award.

Dr Charlotte Burn with UFAW chief executive Dr James Kirkwood at the award presentation in YorkCharlotte Burn was named winner at UFAW’s conference “Recent advances in animal welfare science” held in York on June 21st.

The award, which is open worldwide to postgraduates studying for a doctoral degree or in post-doctoral work within six years of their PhD, recognises achievements of young scientists who have made significant contributions to improving animal welfare.

Dr Burn, lecturer in animal welfare at the RVC, was presented the award, along with a prize of £1,000. Her PhD research looked into the effects of husbandry regimes on rat welfare. The work has been influential in establishing management standards for the good husbandry of laboratory rats in various countries.

Subsequently, Dr Burn was appointed to a post-doctoral position at Bristol University to identify risk factors for poor welfare in horses and donkeys in developing countries, and then became a Research Fellow at the Centre for Animal Welfare at the RVC.

Dr Burn’s current research interests include investigating boredom in animals and how it might be assessed. She also uses advanced statistical techniques to help tackle practical welfare issues, such as the conformational disorders prevalent in certain dog breeds.

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