Renée Bergeron, AWFC board member since 2012, served as Vice-President from 2014-16, President from 2016-17, and now serves as Honorary Secretary. Dr. Bergeron received her bachelor’s degree in animal science and her master’s degree in animal nutrition from Laval University. She completed her PhD in animal behaviour and welfare at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was professor in the Department of Animal Science at Laval University from 1995 to 2007, where she taught animal behaviour and welfare to undergraduate students, and the ethics of animal use at the graduate level. She has been an associate professor at the University of Guelph since May 2007.
Since moving to the University of Guelph in 2007, Dr. Bergeron undertook the study of dairy cow behaviour and welfare, while maintaining a research program in swine behaviour. Having a background in animal nutrition and behaviour, her main research focus has been the relationship between feeding practices and animal welfare. Other interests include feeding preferences, abnormal behaviours, social behaviour, and animal stress as it relates to the social and physical environment.