Penny Lawlis

Animal Welfare Auditor & Specialist

  • MSc in Animal Behaviour

    University of Guelph

  • Degree in Veterinary Technology

    University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus

  • BSc in Sociology

    Western University

Penny is the lead auditor and trainer at Professional Livestock Auditing Inc., where she brings a
wealth of experience to the table, serving as an Adjunct Professor at the Ontario Veterinary College,
University of Guelph and boasting a distinguished career with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture,
Food, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).

Penny’s extensive background spans over three decades in animal welfare training and quality
assurance programs across diverse commodity groups and countries. She has been a driving force
in the evolution of animal welfare practices in Canada, witnessing remarkable shifts over the years.
From her early days as the secretary of the Canadian Expert Committee on Animal Welfare to her
current role, Penny has seen the landscape transform significantly, from times when codes of
practice were voluntary and lacked on-farm presence, to today’s environment marked by the
National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) and robust Codes of Practice.

Today, she engages positively with producers who welcome audits as a means to enhance their
operations and elevate animal welfare standards. Penny often reflects on the mantra of Dr. Temple
Grandin: “you manage what you measure”, underscoring her dedication to implementing effective
measurement tools for advancing animal care on farms nationwide.

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