Joy A. Mench, PhD

Professor Emeritus Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis

Dr. Mench has served on numerous committees and boards related to farm and laboratory animal welfare, including the animal welfare advisory committees of Maple Leaf Farms, the United Egg Producers, McDonald's, Safeway, the Food Marketing Institute and the National Council of Chain Restaurants, as well as National Research Council committees on animal biotechnology and the use of
mammals in neuroscience and behavioral research. In addition, she is involved with the Livestock Welfare Working Group of the World Animal Health Organization (OIE); the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization expert committee on capacity building to implement good animal welfare practices; and the Council on Accreditation of the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care.

Dr. Mench chaired the revision of the first revised edition of the Federation of Animal Science Societies' Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Agricultural Research and Teaching, and has served as a section editor for the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science and Animal Welfare. She was president of the International Society for Applied Ethology from 1998-2000, was previously a member of American Humane Certified's Scientific Advisory Board, and is currently a scientific advisor to the European Union's Welfare Quality Assurance project and a member of the Broiler Welfare Guidelines Working Group for the OIE.

Dr. Mench is the recipient of the Humane Society of the United States' Animals and Society Teaching Award (2001), the Poultry Science Association's Poultry Welfare Research Award (2004), and the University of California, Davis Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award (2007).


  • Street: Center for Animal Welfare
  • City: University of California, Davis
  • State: California
  • Country: United States