Purdue University Dean of the College of Agriculture Jay Akridge and Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine Willie Reed on Tuesday announced the selection of Candace Croney, associate professor of animal sciences, to head up the newly created Center for Animal Welfare Sciences.
The center will promote the welfare of animals through innovation in research, education and outreach, a University statement said.
It also hosts the largest collaborative group of scientists in the U.S. and brings together cross-disciplinary approaches to animal well-being issues in animal and poultry science, veterinary medicine, psychology, philosophy, genetics, public health and zoology, a Purdue announcement explained.
The Center will also include scientists from the Livestock Behavior Research Unit of the USDA's Agricultural Research Service, in addition to Purdue's Ag and Veterinary collaborators.
Croney, who will work in both the College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Agriculture, will begin her new role Feb. 1.
"Members of the sciences and animal industries are often perceived as being uncaring or tone deaf on issues pertaining to animal well-being," Croney said. "Purdue's investment in creating a Center for Animal Welfare Science is a timely and necessary step toward changing this perception. The new center will permit exploration of both the scientific and socio-ethical issues underlying public concerns."
In addition to soliciting extramural funding for the Center, Croney will serve as a resource and spokesman on public policy welfare issues. She will also develop relationships with animal ag stakeholders at other universities and in other organizations.
For more information, visit the Center's website.