Statements of Support – Dr. Nicholas Dodman

About Dr. Nicholas Dodman BVMS, DVA, DACVA, DACVB

Dr. Nicholas Dodman is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, Head of the Behavior Service and Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. He is certified with the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists (ACVA) and the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB).   Dr. Dodman is one of the world’s most noted and celebrated veterinary behaviorists, and is the author of four best-selling books on animal behavior as well as two textbooks and more than 100 articles and contributions to scientific books and journals. With his experience in anesthesiology and his intricate knowledge about the anatomy of the brain, Dr. Dodman is a leading specialist, qualified to assess the stunning of horses in a slaughterhouse environment.

“I’m very pleased to learn that Canada is about to have its first equine welfare council of veterinarians. For years, I’ve been closely involved with U.S. based Veterinarians for Equine Welfare. We were established to bring like-minded veterinarians and animal health professionals together in a supportive group – people who are guided by their principles to ensure that the welfare of their patients is above all else.

I have watched hours of footage and analyzed the suffering equines are subjected to when killed in assembly-line slaughter. The suffering so many sustain due to the inability of slaughter plants to ensure a quick and painless death is something no horse should endure. Horses are intelligent, agile, sensitive animals, and killing them in slaughter plants is a difficult task, and impossible to achieve without inflicting immense pain and cruelty. As a dedicated veterinarian, I can’t in good conscience, support this industry. I encourage you to do the same and support the Canadian Veterinarian Equine Welfare Council.”


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