Dairy Panel Experts – Animal Scientists

Dr. Candace Croney, Associate Professor of Animal Sciences, Purdue University

Dr. Croney is a renowned expert in applied animal behavior, with an emphasis on animal learning, welfare and ethics. She is an associate professor of animal sciences at Purdue University. Dr. Croney has contributed to nationwide animal welfare efforts working with organizations such as the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, along with many others. She is on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the American Humane Certified program, and her research on farm animal cognition has been featured in national and international broadcast programs.

Dr. Marcia Endres, Associate Professor, Dairy Science, Department of Animal Science, University of Minnesota

Dr. Endres is an associate professor and extension dairy scientist in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Minnesota. Her research interests include dairy management, welfare and behavior. She has extensively investigated how various types of housing and management systems can influence health, welfare and performance of dairy cattle. Dr. Endres is a current member of the Animal Behavior and Well Being and the Production, Management and Environment Joint Program committees for ADSA/ASAS, and represents the University of Minnesota on the National NC-1029 Applied Animal Behavior and Welfare Committee. She was also a director for the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization and served on its Dairy Welfare Guidelines Review Committee.

Dr. Temple Grandin, Professor of Animal Science, Colorado State University

Dr. Grandin is one of the most noted experts in animal behavior and animal welfare. She is a bestselling author and consultant to the livestock industry. Dr. Grandin is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University and also designs livestock handling facilities. She has authored over 400 articles in both scientific journals and livestock periodicals on animal handling, welfare, and facility design.

Dr. Janice Swanson, Director of Animal Welfare, Michigan State University

Dr. Swanson coordinates outreach, teaching and research in the area of farm animal behavior and welfare with a focus on social responsibility in the food system at Michigan State University. She is a professor and Director of Animal Welfare, a member of the MSU Animal Behavior and Welfare Group, and appointed in the Departments of Animal Science and Large Animal Clinical Sciences. Her scientific service includes government, industry and scientific animal welfare advisory. Dr. Swanson has served as president of the International Society for Applied Ethology, Co-Chaired the third edition of the Federation of Animal Science Societies Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research and Teaching, co-scientific director for the Coalition for a Sustainable Egg Supply project, and chair of the scientific review committee of the state of Michigan’s Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices for the Care of Farm Animals administered under the Animal Industries Act . Dr. Swanson received her PhD in Applied Animal Ethology from the University of Maryland and her master’s and baccalaureate degrees from the University of Connecticut.