GAP is proud to introduce our Scientific Advisory Council (SAC), a hand-selected group of scientists with expertise in the behavior and welfare of the major species covered by GAP’s standards (beef, pig, chicken, turkey, sheep, laying hens, and fish (coming soon).

Global Animal Partnership Scientific Advisory Council

Who serves on GAP’s Scientific Advisory Council?

Our council is made up of scientists, doctors, and professors who are experts in their fields.

  • Victoria Braithwaite (Professor of Fisheries and Biology, Penn State University, USA)
  • Hans Coetzee (Professor and Head of the Department of Anatomy and Physiology, Kansas State University, USA)
  • Cathy Dwyer (Team Leader – Animal Behavior and Welfare, Scotland’s Rural College, UK)
  • Daniel Weary (Professor and NSERC Industrial Research Chair, University of British Columbia, USA)
  • Marisa Erasmus (Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist, Purdue University, USA)
  • Jeremy Marchant-Forde (Research Animal Scientist, USDA, USA)
  • Ruth Newberry (Professor of Ethology, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway)
  • Vicky Sandilands (Senior Behavior and Welfare Scientist, Scotland’s Rural College, UK)
  • Ian Duncan (Prof Emeritus, University of Guelph, Canada)

What is the purpose of the Scientific Advisory Council?

The GAP team works with the Scientific Advisory Council on a regular basis to discuss new findings, research, and relevant technologies relating to animal welfare. Members of the SAC advise the GAP team on the latest scientific findings and provide feedback on the entire standards development, revision, and implementation. They are an integral part in ensuring that our animal welfare standards are current, relevant, and, most importantly, reflect the most up-to-date research from the scientific community.

Global Animal Partnership Scientific Advisory Council - Working Session