Temple Grandin headlines animal-welfare symposium

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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, Nov. 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.

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.


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