Temple Grandin headlines Animal Welfare Symposium

Temple Grandin, whose life struggles and accomplishments were featured in the 2010 HBO movie of the same name, is the featured keynote speaker at the second annual Animal Welfare Symposium, November 30, at The Ohio State University Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Dr., 43210.

Dr. Grandin, professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University, is internationally renowned for her work in animal welfare, particularly in improving the handling practices of livestock and poultry. She will be addressing key areas of humane handling of livestock on the farm that have been heavily scrutinized recently, especially in Ohio.

In addition, other recognized experts in animal welfare will cover topics pertinent to Ohio and all of the United States, including assessment and management of pain in livestock, euthanasia considerations, and public perceptions of farm animal welfare relative to current production practices.

The symposium is a joint venture between the College of Veterinary Medicine's Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences' Department of Animal Sciences, as part of their partnership with the Australian Animal Welfare Science Centre.

The goal of the symposium is to increase knowledge about farm animal welfare, stimulate thoughtful discussion, and create and enhance effective partnerships that are critical to ensuring responsible, sustainable food production in Ohio. The program is geared towards veterinarians and other industry professionals, and continuing education credit is available. Everyone is welcome to participate.

Program details including the agenda and registration information is available at http://vet.osu.edu/preventive-medicine/AnimalWelfareSymposium.

Posted: 11/9/10

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Founded in 1885, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is ranked fifth in the nation and includes more than 1,000 faculty, staff and students in the Departments of Veterinary Biosciences, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Veterinary Preventive Medicine. The Veterinary Medical Center is one of the largest specialty referral centers in the world, with more than 35,000 farm, equine, and companion animal patients each year. A nationally-recognized ambulatory practice and teaching unit in Marysville, Ohio provides farm animal experience to every veterinary student, and the Food Animal Health Research Program in Wooster, OH focuses on detection, control, and prevention of disease. Located on the only campus in the country with a comprehensive medical center offering seven health sciences colleges, we admit up to 162 veterinary students per class, and offer a new comprehensive graduate program in Veterinary and Comparative Medicine as well as a unique Master’s degree in Veterinary Public Health, in partnership with the College of Public Health. http://vet.osu.edu.