Programs

Pork Panel

The Center for Food Integrity has created a Pork Animal Care Review Panel to provide a balanced analysis of undercover video investigations. This process engages recognized animal care specialists to examine video and provide expert perspectives for food retailers, the pork industry and the media.

The Panel will include a veterinarian, an animal scientist and an ethicist to assure various perspectives are represented.

Recent panel reports:

Expert Panel Addresses Hidden Camera Investigation at Oklahoma Hog Farm

Expert Panel Addresses New Hidden Camera Investigation

Expert Panel Addresses Hidden Camera Investigation at Wyoming Swine Farm

Process Established for Addressing Hidden Camera Livestock Investigations

Pork Panel Experts:

 

Veterinarians

Dr. Tom Burkgren
Executive Director

American Association of Swine Veterinarians
Dr. Tom Burkgren is the Executive Director of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV). He provides analysis and advocacy on issues related to the practice of swine medicine. Further, he develops public policy and manages the business affairs of the AASV. Dr. Burkgren received his DVM from Iowa State University in 1980 and his MBA from Drake University in 1989. His practice experience includes mixed animal practice as well as exclusive swine practice.

   

Dr. John Deen 
Professor

University of Minnesota
Dr. John Deen is a professor in veterinary epidemiology at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota.  His work in research, teaching and extension has been in welfare, epidemiology and economics, focusing on measurement and optimization across competing needs in pig farming. He provides training to farmers, veterinarians, and veterinary students at the University of Minnesota as well through international programs. Dr. Deen is also project lead with USAID in reducing the threats of spread of disease from animals to humans, particularly in central Africa and Southeast Asia. He earned his DVM and PhD from the University of Guelph and gained board certification in swine health management from the American College of Veterinary Practitioners in 1994.  

   

Dr. Lisa Tokach
Veterinary Clinician
Abilene Animal Hospital
Dr. Lisa M. Tokach is a veterinary clinician in general practice at Abilene Animal Hospital, PA. She specializes in swine population medicine. Dr. Tokach is also the personnel director for AAHPA and serves as the President of Kansas Swine Alliance, Inc. In 2001, she was appointed as a diplomat in swine health management to the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners which was renewed in 2011.  Dr. Tokach currently serves on the Animal Welfare Committee for the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Pig Welfare Committee for the American Association of Swine Veterinarians.  

   
Dr. Rexanne Struve
Lead Veterinarian
Struve Labs, Inc.
Dr. Rexanne Struve operates her full-time practice, Veterinary Associates of Manning, in conjunction with operation of the Specific Pathogen Free (SPF) pig-rearing laboratory, Struve Labs, Inc. She has wide experience and expertise in rural practice and the implementation of the SPF program in large corporate facilities. Dr. Struve has presented extensively to colleges and pre-veterinary clubs and is also involved in mentoring veterinary students attending state universities in Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma. She received her DVM from Kansas State University in 1976.
   
 

Animal Scientists

 Dr. Candace Croney
Associate Professor of Animal Sciences
Purdue University
Dr. Candace 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. Anna Johnson
Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Science
Iowa State University
Dr. Anna Johnson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University. Her research includes the area of sow productive lifetime, maintenance behaviors in farm animals, handling and system designs and their impacts on the transport losses in pigs. In addition, Dr. Johnson provides extension services for commodity groups pertaining to welfare related issues. She earned her doctorate degree in animal welfare from Texas Tech University, her bachelor’s degree in animal science from Reading University and a master’s degree in applied animal behavior and animal welfare from University of Edinburgh.
   
Dr. Temple Grandin
Professor of Animal Science
Colorado State University
Dr. Temple 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. Janeen Salak-Johnson
Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences
University of Illinois
Dr. Janeen Johnson is the Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois. She has extensive research in stress and environmental physiology and animal well-being. Specifically, sow housing, prenatal stress, mechanism of stress effects on immune status and behavior of pigs. Dr. Johnson has presented extensively and published on these contemporary issues and challenges in animal well-being. She received her PhD from Texas Tech University in 1994.
   
Dr. Janice Swanson
Director of Animal Welfare
Michigan State University
Dr. Janice Swanson coordinates outreach, teaching and research in the area of farm animal behavior and welfare with a focus on social responsibility at Michigan State University. She serves as the chair of the Animal Sciences Department. Her scientific service includes government, industry and scientific animal welfare advisory. Dr. Swanson received her PhD in Applied Animal Ethology from the University of Maryland and her masters and baccalaureate degree from the University of Connecticut.
   
 

Ethicists

  Dr. Raymond Anthony
Associate Professor
University of Alaska Anchorage
Dr. Raymond Anthony is an academic philosopher/ethicist with wide experience in environmental, food, animal and agricultural ethics. He also specializes in Philosophy of Technology, in particular on issues dealing with social justice, participatory democracy, future generations and responsible citizenship. Dr. Anthony is associate professor at University of Alaska Anchorage. He has presented extensively and published on animal ethics, environmental and sustainability ethics. Dr. Anthony received his PhD from Purdue University.
   
  Dr. Candace Croney
Associate Professor of Animal Sciences
Purdue University
Dr. Candace 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.