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Temple Grandin to Speak at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

December 19, 2013

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Temple Grandin will speak at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine on January 11, 2014.

Renowned author and speaker on the subject of autism, Temple Grandin, PhD, will be the featured speaker at the 3rd Annual Beef Improvement and Low Stress Cattle Handling Seminar and the 5th Annual Food Animal Practitioners CE Symposium, held jointly on January 11, 2014 at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

Grandin, who is autistic and didn’t speak until she was three and a half years old, has become possibly the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world. Through her books and speeches, she is a strong advocate of overcoming the diagnosis.

Her talk at UC Davis will focus on her current career as a livestock-handling equipment designer (one of very few in the world) and a professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. She has designed the facilities in which half of all cattle in the United States are handled, and has consulted for firms such as Burger King and McDonald’s.

Grandin has been featured on National Public Radio, Primetime Live, The Today Show, Larry King Live, 48 Hours, and 20/20. She has also been written about in Time, People, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, and the New York Times. The BBC featured Grandin in “The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow,” and Claire Danes starred as her in the 2010 HBO movie about Grandin’s life.

Grandin will speak from 8-10 a.m. on January 11, 2014 in Gladys Valley Hall at the School of Veterinary Medicine on the campus of UC Davis. Registration is available online at, and also at the door. Cost for the event is $30 for ranchers and others, and $175 for veterinary practitioners, who will receive 8 hours of continuing education credits for the full-day seminar.