Veterinary Surgeon, Retired Director of Animal Welfare, at the University of Sheffield, UKBiography
Bryan R Howard retired from the post of Director of Animal Welfare at the University of Sheffield in 2005 but retains an active interest in promoting the 3Rs in relation to the scientific use of animals. He qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Glasgow in 1962 and completed a Doctorate in neurophysiology at the University of Edinburgh in 1966. After a period working on the welfare of poultry at slaughter he took up posts as visiting professor of Veterinary Physiology at several Universities in the Middle East. Since returning to UK in 1986 he completed the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Laboratory Animal Science followed by a Master of Science (with distinction) in Laboratory Animal Science at the University of London, and M Ed in Teaching and Learning for University Lecturers; he remains a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy of UK. Apart from pursuing research into best practice for the care of laboratory species, he has been President of the Laboratory Animal Science Association, a Board member the UK National Centre for the 3Rs (NC3Rs) and Chair of the Trustees and the Council of the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW). He was also a member of the Governing Board of COST Action B-24. He is currently an emeritus member of the European Board of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC International). He has recently retired from the Board for Accreditation of Training established by the Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA) and the Reduction Committee of the Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments (FRAME). In addition Bryan Howard has contributed internationally to a large number of training courses designed to advance laboratory animal science and welfare and has participated in the development of printed and web-based guidance for best practice in these areas.