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Dr. Temple Grandin - Understanding Behavior to Improve Animal Welfare
The Radisson Hotel - Mayfair

People who understand the natural behavior patterns of animals will be able to handle them more easily, making handling more efficient and safer for both the person and the animal.


Dr. Temple Grandin was born in Boston, Massachusetts.  Temple’s achievements are remarkable because she was an autistic child.  At age two she had no speech and all the signs of severe autism.  Fortunately, her mother defied the advice of the doctors and kept her out of an institution.  Many hours of speech therapy, and intensive teaching enabled Temple to learn speech.  As a teenager, life was hard with constant teasing.  Mentoring by her high school science teacher and her aunt on her ranch in Arizona motivated Temple to study and pursue a career as a scientist and livestock equipment designer.

Dr. Temple Grandin obtained her B.A. at Franklin Pierce College in 1970.  In 1974 she was employed as Livestock Editor for the Arizona Farmer Ranchman and also worked for Corral Industries on equipment design.  In 1975 she earned her M.S. in Animal Science at Arizona State University for her work on the behavior of cattle in different squeeze chutes.  Dr. Grandin was awarded her Ph.D in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1989 and is currently a Professor at Colorado State University.

Following her Ph.D. research on the effect of environmental enrichment on the behavior of pigs, she has published several hundred industry publications, book chapters and technical papers on animal handling plus 45 refereed journal articles in addition to seven books.  She currently is a professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University where she continues her research while teaching courses on livestock handling and facility design.  Her book, Animals in Translation was a New York Times best seller and her book, Livestock Handling and Transport, now has a third edition which was published in 2007.  Other popular books authored by Dr. Grandin are: Thinking in Pictures, Emergence Labeled Autistic, Animals Make us Human, Improving Animal Welfare: A Practical Approach, and The Way I See It.

Dr. Grandin has received numerous awards including the Meritorious Achievement Award from the Livestock Conservation Institute, named a Distinguished Alumni at Franklin Pierce College and received an honorary doctorate from McGill University, University of Illinois, and Duke University.  She has also won several prestigious industry awards.  Her work has also been recognized by humane groups nationwide.  HBO recently premiered a movie about Temple’s early life and career with the livestock industry.  The movie received seven Emmy awards.

Dr. Grandin is a past member of the board of directors of the Autism Society of America.  She lectures to parents and teachers throughout the U.S. on her experiences with autism.  Articles and interviews have appeared in the New York Times, People, Time, National Public Radio, 20/20, The View, and the BBC. She was also honored in Time Magazines 2010 “The 100 Most Influential People in the World.” Dr. Grandin now resides in Fort Collins, Colorado.

There is a $35.00 fee for this event for limited preferred seating or $25.00 for general seating.  This event will be held at The Radisson Hotel, 2303 N. Mayfair Rd. in Milwaukee.

*No paper tickets will be mailed.  Check in at door starting at 6:15 p.m.

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
2303 N. Mayfair Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

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