2019 Center for Animal Welfare Science Conference

May 15 - 16, 2019

Building Capacity to Ensure Innovative Solutions to Emerging Animal Welfare Challenges

A recent Council for Agricultural Science and Technology taskforce report on farm animal welfare identified multiple emerging challenges for U.S. animal agriculture. These include the need for improved understanding of the role of animal welfare in sustainability, antimicrobial resistance, global developments, urban agriculture and assessing animal mental states. This symposium will explore the ways in which diverse people and perspectives can enhance the quality of science and the impact of research and engagement programs required to address these key areas of need. Experts in animal welfare science will explore these and related topics along with participants from land grant, private and Minority Serving Institutions of higher education as well as different sectors of the agricultural sciences and industries, and their partners in veterinary medicine.

In addition to information-sharing, participants will have the opportunity to participate in working break-out sessions where they will network and identify needs and collaborative partnerships aimed at building capacity to more effectively diversify and grow the discipline to develop innovative solutions. Because student and stakeholder engagement is critical to build capacity and develop novel approaches in animal welfare science, these audiences are particularly encouraged to attend.

This program is funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA NIFA) and is presented by the Purdue University Center for Animal Welfare Science in collaboration with Tuskegee University, North Carolina A&T State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Up to 7.25 continuing education credits are available.

Featured speakers include: David Fraser, PhD, University of British Columbia; Anna Johnson, PhD, Iowa State University; Janice Swanson, PhD, Michigan State University; Nicole Widmar, PhD, Purdue University; Jan Shearer, DVM, Iowa State University, and many more!

Emerging Challenges for U.S. Animal Agriculture

Location and Travel Information

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Courtyard Marriott, Lafayette, IN

This hotel is located off Interstate 65. It is a 6.3-mile drive from Purdue University Airport, approximately 7.7-miles from the Purdue University Research Park. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Courtyard Marriott for conference participants until 4/23/2019.

Attendees may secure rooms at the Courtyard Marriott, Lafayette, IN.

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Organizing Committee

Candace Croney, PhD, Professor, Animal Behavior and Well-being, Director, Center for Animal Welfare Science, Purdue University

Olga Bolden-Tiller, PhD, Head, Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Assistant Dean of Development for the College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences, Tuskegee University

Kauline Cipriani, PhD, Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence, Public Health Leadership Program, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  

Radiah C. Minor, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University

Ruby Perry, R. L. Perry, DVM, MS, DACVR, Dean & Professor of Veterinary Radiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University

Gopal Reddy, DVM, MS, PhD, Professor & Interim Associate Dean for Research & Advanced Studies, College of Veterinary Medicine Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Tuskegee University

Janice Swanson, PhD, Professor, Animal Behavior and Welfare, Michigan State University

Jennifer Walker, DVM, PhD, Director, Milk quality, Danone North America 

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