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Renée Bergeron, PhD, agr.

University of Guelph—Alfred Campus

Renée Bergeron received her bachelor’s degree in animal science and her master’s degree in animal nutrition from Laval University. She completed her PhD in animal behaviour and welfare at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was professor in the Department of Animal Science at Laval University from 1995 to 2007, where she taught animal behaviour and welfare to undergraduate students, and the ethics of animal use at the graduate level. She is an associate professor at the University of Guelph, as well as the director of Alfred Campus, since May 2007.

Dr. Bergeron has served as a member of several ethics committees on animal welfare, including three institutional animal care committees and five expert committees for the establishment of animal welfare standards for the industry, including the committee in charge of reviewing the new Canadian Code of Practices for the care and handling of dairy cattle.

Since moving to the University of Guelph in 2007, she undertook the study of dairy-cow behaviour and welfare, while maintaining a research program in swine behaviour. Having a background in animal nutrition and behaviour, her main research focus has been the relationship between feeding practices and animal welfare. Other interests include feeding preferences, abnormal behaviours, social behaviour, and animal stress as it relates to the social and physical environment. She is currently involved in research projects on feeding preferences in dairy cows, on-farm welfare assessment in swine and dairy cows, swine handling and transportation, and fly avoidance behaviour in pastured cows.

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