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Noted Animal Welfare Expert to Speak at School of Veterinary Medicine

February 11, 2009

What's New ImageThe International Animal Welfare Training Institute announces a lecture by noted author Temple Grandin, PhD on Monday, March 2, 2009. The lecture is open to the public and takes place at 7:00 pm in Freeborn Hall on the UC Davis campus.

Tickets are $10 and available from the UC Davis Box Office and . Book signing takes place before and following the lecture; the UC Davis Bookstore will have selected titles on sale before the event.

Dr. Temple Grandin drew on her own experience with autism as well as her distinguished career as an animal scientist to deliver extraordinary insights into how animals think, act, and feel. Now she builds on those insights to show us how to give our animals the best and happiest life — on their terms, not ours. 

As an animal scientist and a person with autism, Dr. Grandin has created a perspective like no other thinker in the field intersecting autism and animals. Animals Make Us Human is the culmination of almost thirty years of research, experimentation, and experience. This New York Times bestseller is essential reading for anyone who has ever owned, cared for, or cared about an animal. With stories and practical insights, Dr. Grandin explains how to fulfill the specific needs of dogs, cats, horses, wildlife, and farm and zoo animals, and lets us see happiness through the eyes of our animals.

The talk is hosted by the International Animal Welfare Training Institute, a new organization within the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis. This institute brings together experts, stakeholders and consumers interested in companion animal well-being, livestock welfare, the care and health of shelter animals, emergency response for animals involved in disasters, and more. The goal is to create science-based solutions to welfare issues on the farm, in animal shelters and in other areas where that animals and humans intersect.