Young Animal Welfare Scientist of the Year award winner

Young Animal Welfare Scientist of the Year award winner

The 2014 UFAW Young Animal Welfare Scientist of the Year award was presented by the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare at their Recent Advances in Animal Welfare Science conference in York on 26th June to Dr Liesbet Pluym.

UFAW makes this award to recognise the achievements of young scientists who have made significant contributions to improving the welfare of animals. The award is open to postgraduate students, anywhere in the world, who are currently studying for a doctoral degree or who are in postdoctoral work within six years of their PhD.

Dr Liesbet Pluym receives the UFAW Young Animal Welfare Scientist of the Year 2014 award from UFAW’s Chief Executive Dr Robert Hubrecht.

Dr Liesbet Pluym receives the UFAW Young Animal Welfare Scientist of the Year 2014 award from UFAW’s Chief Executive Dr Robert Hubrecht.

Dr Pluym is a researcher in the Porcine Health Unit, Ghent University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine where she has developed a prototype of an automatic lameness detection system for sows, providing an important new tool to address this problem while also investigating the economic con-sequences of lameness and risk factors.

Liesbet has actively disseminated her findings to farmers and veterinarians, encouraging management systems that improve the welfare and health of animals, enhance farmers’ working pleasure and improve financial performance. Her multidisciplinary and practical approach to lameness alleviation, both as scientist and practicing veterinarian, are likely to have a significant impact within the Belgian industry and more widely.

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