Pascalle van Loo becomes new head of the Animal Welfare Body1 week ago
As of 1 January 2024, Pascalle van Loo is the new head of the Animal Welfare Body of Utrecht University and University Medical Center Utrecht. She will succeed Wim de Leeuw, who will take on a new role as Programme Leader of Sustainability at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.
Pascalle van Loo has been working at the Animal Welfare Body (Dutch name: Instantie voor Dierenwelzijn, IvD) as an animal welfare officer and quality assurance officer. In this role, she already co-designed the overarching policy on animal experiments and she was one of the initiators of the rehoming policy, in which former laboratory animals can be adopted by private individuals. Since 2022, she is also the President of DALAS, the national association for everyone who is professionally involved in laboratory animal science.
“The Animal Welfare Body Utrecht really has a leading role in the Netherlands,” Van Loo says. “We are very transparent and the license holders give us much space to really take steps forward. In the past years, much has been achieved under Wim de Leeuw's leadership. It feels great to do work that is so dear to me in such an environment and with these possibilities. In this new role, I want to be connecting and avoid the sometimes looming polarisation of whether or not to test on animals.”
Executive Board President Anton Pijpers is looking forward to the collaboration: “With her passion for animal welfare and her drive to contribute to the transition to animal-free innovation, Pascalle is the right person to lead the Animal Welfare Body team and contribute to the mission of Utrecht University and University Medical Center Utrecht.”
Pascalle van Loo's career
Pascalle van Loo studied Biology at Utrecht University and Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare at the University of Edinburgh. She obtained her PhD at the Department of Laboratory Animal Science of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and then worked in various roles at Utrecht University and the Sophia Vereeniging for the protection of animals in Amsterdam. She worked at the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) from 2007 to 2017, where she founded the Animal Welfare Body in 2014. She was the head there until 2017. After that, she made the move to Utrecht University, where she has been working as an animal welfare officer and quality assurance officer since 2017. On 1 January 2024, she will start as the new head of the Animal Welfare Body of Utrecht University and University Medical Center Utrecht.