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Global Conference on Animal Welfare


Professor David J Mellor.
Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre, IFNHH, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand.

David Mellor graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons) from New England University, Australia, in 1966 and with a Ph.D. from Edinburgh University, Scotland, in 1969.After competing his Ph.D. he spent 18 years as Head of the Physiology Department and Leader of the Perinatal Studies Group at the Moredun Research Institute in Edinburgh.

Subsequently he spent 10 years as Professor and Head of the Department of Physiology and Anatomy in the Veterinary Science Faculty at Massey University, New Zealand. Currently he is still at Massey University where he holds the positions of Distinguished Scientist, Director of the Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre, Professor of Animal Welfare Science and Professor of Applied Physiology and Bioethics. In 1999 the Minister of Agriculture in New Zealand appointed him as Chairman of the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee, a position he still holds.

He is an active researcher, teacher and consultant in animal welfare science, the physiology of the fetus and newborn, and bioethics as it applies to animals. He has more than 310 publications in these areas.