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Canadian Pork Panel Experts – Ethicists

Dr. Jennifer Brown, Research Scientist – Ethology, Prairie Swine Centre

Dr. Brown completed her PhD in Applied Ethology at the University of Guelph, where she studied the effects of temperament and handling experience on the stress response of market pigs and pork quality. Before entering the field of ethology, Dr. Brown obtained BSc and MSc degrees at the University of Prince Edward Island, and worked in clinical chemistry research. Her research interests include behaviour, stress physiology, and individual differences (temperament) in pigs, with a focus on humane handling and slaughter methods and the interaction of genetic and environmental factors. Current research projects examine transport and handling methods and the relationship between temperament and the stress response.

Dr. Ed Pajor, Professor, Animal Welfare, University of Calgary College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Pajor is recognized internationally for his research in the areas of swine, dairy and poultry behavior and welfare as well as expertise in animal welfare standards and legislation. Dr. Pajor has served on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Animal Science as well as Applied Animal Behavior Science and as the U.S. representative to the International Society of Applied Ethology. Dr. Pajor also provides scientific expertise to numerous organizations including McDonald’s Animal Welfare Panel, the National Pork Board’s Animal Welfare Committee, and Humane Farm Animal Care. Dr. Pajor completed his BSc degree in biology from the University of Waterloo and received his MSc and PhD degrees in biology from McGill University, specializing in animal behavior. Prior to joining the faculty of veterinary medicine, Dr. Pajor spent 10 years on faculty in the Department of Animal Sciences at Purdue University.