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Famed Expert on Autism, Animal Welfare
is Guest Speaker at CVM
Dr. Rebecca Johnson, director of the Research Center for Human Animal Interaction at the College of Veterinary Medicine, welcomes Colorado State University animal science professor Dr. Temple Grandin to her class.
 
Dr. Temple Grandin discusses human and animal interactions with members of the Human-Companion Animal Interaction class at the MU College of
Veterinary Medicine.

Colorado State University animal science professor Dr. Temple Grandin, a leader in both the autism and animal welfare advocacy movements, was a guest speaker at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine Oct. 14. Grandin, who has autism, addressed students and visitors in Dr. Rebecca Johnson’s Human-Companion Animal Interaction class.

Grandin, whose life story was the subject of a recent HBO movie, is renowned for designing humane livestock handling facilities and equipment such as cattle chutes that reduce stress in animals. The author of the essay, “Animals are not Things,” she has also worked to improve conditions for animals in slaughter plants and livestock farms. She discussed the ethics of raising animals for food while ensuring them a decent life and humane death. In her lecture at the CVM in the Human-Companion Animal Interaction class, she presented neurological underpinnings of the emotional lives of animals and related this to humans’ interaction with them.

Grandin was on campus as part of the Thompson Center Exceptional Achievement Series in collaboration with the Animal Science Department and the CVM. Earlier in the week she spoke before a standing-room only crowd in the Monsanto Auditorium about helping children with autism through early intervention, exercise and diet.

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