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Renowned scientists Jim Reynolds and Nigel Cook join advisory committees for American Humane® farm animal welfare certification program

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The American Humane Association’s prestigious farm animal welfare program has added two respected scientific authorities to serve on advisory committees for its American Humane Certified welfare certification program, the nation’s oldest and fastest-growing third-party animal welfare label.

University of California, Davis, veterinary professor Jim Reynolds, D.V.M., will join the American Humane Certified Scientific Advisory Committee, while University of Wisconsin professor Nigel Cook, Ph.D., will join the program’s Scientific Fellows Committee. Both Reynolds and Cook are nationally renowned experts in dairy herd health and welfare.

The Scientific Advisory and the Scientific Fellows committees that provide scientific counsel for the American Humane Certified program include recognized animal science experts and practitioners covering many species. The committees provide review and advise on a wide range of technologies and issues, ensuring that the American Humane Certified program represents the highest and most accountable science-based standards for the humane treatment of farm animals within the nation’s food supply system.

“American Humane’s farm animal certification label has earned a reputation of bringing comprehensive scientific standards, industry collaboration and accountability to the nation’s marketplace, thanks in large part to the credibility and depth of our scientific advisors,” said Tim Amlaw, vice president of American Humane’s farm animal program. “Dr. Reynolds and Dr. Cook bring an enormous wealth of scientific knowledge about dairy cattle, and we look forward to their help in making the American Humane Certified label the most recognized and trusted certification in the dairy industry.”

Reynolds is chief of clinical services in dairy production medicine at the UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center in Tulare, Calif. His research focuses on vaccine trials, calf nutrition, waste, milk pasteurization, transition cows, mastitis and therapeutic drug-use guidelines. He has extensive knowledge of dairy cow welfare issues, including tail docking, handling of downer cows and cow transport. In 2007, he received an Animal Welfare Award from the American Veterinary Medical Association. Reynolds is also chair of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Animal Welfare Committee.

Cook is the clinical associate professor in food animal production medicine for the University of Wisconsin’s School of Veterinary Medicine, where he manages the Cow Comfort and Well-being Program, focusing on the impact of the environment on the well-being of the dairy cow. He provides a troubleshooting service to the dairy farms of Wisconsin for problems related to milk quality, clinical mastitis, lameness and poor reproductive performance. He is also involved in appraising dairy facilities and offering advice on remodeling barns and building new barns to improve cow comfort and the care of dairy cattle.

About American Humane’s Farm Animal Program

American Humane’s farm animal program is the United States’ first animal welfare program dedicated to the humane treatment of farm animals. It is the fastest-growing independent animal welfare label program in the U.S. American Humane has certified producers representing more than 60 million farm animals through American Humane’s science-based program. Contracted third-party auditors are rigorously trained in the American Humane farm animal program’s species-specific standards. As consumers and retailers are increasingly concerned about how food is raised, producers are seeking independent verification for the marketplace. American Humane believes animal welfare should not only be good for animals, but also economically viable and feasible for producers. The American Humane farm animal program works with agriculture to educate and motivate producers and demonstrate the economic and social benefits of animal welfare. American Humane works closely with its independent Scientific Advisory Committee, industry professionals and producers to ensure that industry advancements and best practices are part of American Humane certification standards. Based on American Humane’s 133-year legacy of being the gold standard for humane behavior, consumers trust the American Humane certification label. Learn more at

About American Humane Association

Since 1877, the historic American Humane Association has been at the forefront of every major advancement in protecting children, pets and farm animals from cruelty and abuse and neglect. Today we’re also leading the way in understanding human-animal interaction and its role in society. As the nation’s voice for the protection of children and animals, American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at today.

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