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Richard Bennett BSc, MSc, PhD, Economics, animal health and welfare

Richard Bennett is Professor of Agricultural Economics at The University of Reading with particular interest in economic and policy aspects of animal health, disease control and animal welfare. He lectures at the university on economic aspects of the food supply chain, business management and agricultural and rural policy. Recent research activities include computer modelling of costs and benefits of livestock disease control, an economic framework for animal health and welfare policy and measures to influence behaviours for the control of exotic livestock diseases.

He has been on numerous UK government committees (DEFRA) including Farm and Animal Welfare Committee since 2005 where he is Chair of the Standing Committee on Ethics, Economics, Education and Regulation. He was a member of the England Implementation Group of the Animal Health and Welfare Strategy for four years (2005-2009). He is the current Chair of the UK Veterinary Development Council (since 2010), as well as a trustee and council member of the Universities federation for Animal Welfare. He is also a trustee of the Humane Slaughter Association as well as the Farm Animal Welfare Trust.