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2014 Charles River Laboratories Excellence in Refinement Award

Prof. Dan Weary

Prof. Dan Weary was the 2014 recipient of the Charles River Laboratories’ Excellence in Refinement Award for her expertise and dedication in enhancing the well-being of laboratory animals and in alleviating the pain and distress they may experience.

Sponsored by Charles River Laboratories, in cooperation with the Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT), the award honors an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the development, promotion and/or implementation of refinement alternatives. “Refinement,” one of the “3Rs of alternatives,” refers to methods aimed at minimizing pain and distress for laboratory animals.

Prof. Weary works with students and colleagues in the Animal Welfare Program using behavioural and other non-invasive measures to objectively assess various aspects of animal well-being. One focus of recent work is the dairy cow, and welfare issues important in this species. 

The Charles River Laboratories’ Excellence in Refinement Award, which includes $5,000 to further the recipient’s scientific endeavors, was established in 2005. The first award, presented at the 5th World Congress in Berlin, was given jointly to Dr. Bert van Zutphen and Dr. Georgia Mason. Linda Toth received the 2007 award, Dr. Paul Flecknell was the 2009 awardee, and Dr. Karas was the 2011 awardee.

For more information about CAAT awards, see here.