World Veterinary Association honours Dr. Alice Crook
Dr. Alice Crook, coordinator of the Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre at the Atlantic Veterinary College, has received international recognition for her work in animal welfare from the World Veterinary Association (WVA) and Ceva Santé Animale, a multinational veterinary pharmaceutical company.
During the WVA’s 34th annual Congress in Barcelona, Spain, in early May, Dr. Crook was awarded the WVA Animal Welfare Award for North America. She is one of only five veterinarians world-wide who received the prestigious awards.
“On behalf of AVC, I congratulate Dr. Crook on receiving this prestigious international award,” says Dr. Greg Keefe, dean of AVC. “Animal welfare is at the heart of what we do as veterinarians, and Dr. Crook’s contributions to this field are exemplary. She is a great role model for other veterinarians, veterinary students, and others whose work involves animal welfare.”
A media release issued by the WVA and Ceva says each of the winners typifies the critical role of veterinarians in the protection and improvement of the welfare of all animals. The other winners are from Brazil, China, Senegal, and Sweden.
“The two winners from Canada and Sweden equally exemplified the important societal role that veterinarians have in researching, advocating and educating politicians, public health authorities, media and the general public in implementing the highest animal welfare standards,” says the release.
Since 1994, Dr. Crook has led the development and growth of the SJDAWC, which promotes animal welfare through research, service, and education. She works with veterinarians, students, governments, humane societies and other similar organizations, and the general public to promote animal welfare. And she shares her knowledge and expertise with veterinary students, teaching them to become leaders in animal welfare.
Dr. Crook’s particular areas of interest are animal abuse and effective veterinary response, pain management, welfare-friendly veterinary practice for large and small animals, feral cat welfare, and enactment of effective animal welfare legislation nationally and provincially. For many years, she was a valued member of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s Animal Welfare Committee, and continues to contribute to the work of the committee.
Click here to watch a video created by the WVA about Dr. Crook's work.