Packer, Rowena

Rowena is a Research Fellow at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), London. Her primary research interest is the interplay between canine health, behaviour and welfare. Rowena's PhD (RVC) focused on the health and welfare consequences of extreme canine conformation, particularly brachycephaly and chondrodystrophy. From 2013-2016, Rowena was a postdoctoral researcher at RVC, and in 2017 was awarded a BBSRC Future Leader Fellowship to investigate brain health and behaviour in the dog. She currently runs a research group in this area, supervising a number of postgraduate and postdoctoral staff. Rowena holds a first class BSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare from the University of Bristol, and a PhD from RVC. In 2016 Rowena was awarded the UFAW Young Animal Welfare Scientist of the Year award. Rowena is a founding member of the Brachycephalic Working Group (UK), and a member of the Dog Breeding Reform Group and International Partnership for Dogs.