Maple Leaf Foods has promoted Kathleen Long, DVM, to vice president of animal care.
In her new role, she will lead the company’s animal care policies and programs in all livestock and poultry production and processing operations.
Dr. Long joined Maple Leaf Foods in 2013 and has played an integral role in supporting the company’s best in class animal care strategy. According to her LinkedIn profile, she had previously served as a director and manager of National Veterinary Services and Quality Assurance at Maple Leaf Foods.
“Ensuring animal care is essential to achieving our goal of becoming the most sustainable protein company on earth,” said Randall Huffman, PhD, chief food safety and sustainability officer at Maple Leaf Foods. “Dr. Long has played a key role in our poultry welfare programs and will continue to advance our world-class animal care program throughout all livestock and poultry operations. Her specialized knowledge, expertise and leadership are highly recognized within Maple Leaf Foods and across the animal health industry.”
Dr. Long holds a bachelor of science in agriculture with a major in animal science from the University of Alberta and a doctor of veterinary medicine from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, where she completed advanced coursework in both poultry and swine management, nutrition, reproduction, and health. She also completed a master of avian health and medicine through the University of Georgia and is a Diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians.
Maple Leaf Foods is a producer of food products under leading brands including Maple Leaf, Maple Leaf Prime, Maple Leaf Natural Selections, Schneiders, Schneiders Country Naturals, Mina, Greenfield Natural Meat Co., Lightlife, Field Roast Grain Meat Co. and Swift. The company employs approximately 12,000 people and does business in Canada, the U.S. and Asia. Maple Leaf Foods is headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, and its shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange.