Science Advisory Council
Dr. Lauren Van Patter
Lauren Van Patter is the Kim & Stu Lang Professor in Community and Shelter Medicine in the Department of Clinical Studies at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. Lauren is an interdisciplinary Animal Studies scholar who holds a BSc in Environmental Sciences and an MA in Geography from the University of Guelph, and a PhD in Geography from Queen’s University. Her MA thesis explored community responses to, and the lives of, feral cats, generating strategies for mitigating competing values and management preferences. Her PhD thesis engaged wildlife managers, local residents, and community scientists to understand human-coyote conflicts and paths to coexisting with urban animals. Lauren has worked collaboratively with veterinarians, wildlife practitioners, biologists, philosophers, and political theorists to advance policies and practices for a range of domestic and wild species. You can read more about her work here at levanpatter.wordpress.com.