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Denna M. Benn

Title: Chief Veterinary Inspector
Company: The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Location: Puslinch, Ontario, Canada

Denna M. Benn, Chief Veterinary Inspector at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in laboratory animal medicine and sciences.

With 47 years of experience to her credit, Ms. Benn has excelled as chief veterinarian at Animals for Research Act within the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs since 2012. She began her career as an intern of clinical studies at the University of Guelph from 1976 to 1977. She held multiple positions at same, including as a research associate in clinical studies from 1979 to 1981, staff veterinarian in animal care services from 1980 to 1987, acting director in 1987, director in 1988, and adjunct professor of pathology within the Ontario Veterinary College from 1978 to 2010.

In addition to these postings, Ms. Benn found success as chair of the Veterinary Programs Advisory Committee at Seneca Polytechnic in 1983. She worked on the Animal Welfare Committee of the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association from 1990 to 1995. She served as a consultant at AECL from 1993 to 1996 and as an independent consultant since 2010. Before embarking on her professional path, she pursued an education at the University of Guelph where she earned a Bachelor of Science in 1973, a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1976, a Diploma in Medicine in 1977, and a Master of Science in 1983.

In addition to her primary vocation, Ms. Benn remains affiliated with various organizations in relation to her areas of expertise. She held the role of president of the Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Science and contributor to the international relations committee of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science. She was a member of the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, Scientists Center for Animal Welfare, the Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare, Humane Canada, the Canadian Council on Animal Care, the Canadian Medical Association, and the International Society for Applied Ethology.

In light of her impressive undertakings, Ms. Benn has accrued several accolades throughout her career. She was selected for inclusion in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America and presented with the Charles River Award, the Frederick A. McGrand Award, the Humane Award from the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, the Merck Award, and the Veterinarian of the Year Award. She was recognized as a Patricia McKeown Memorial Scholar in 1979 and an Ayerst Fellow in 1978.

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