Janice M. Siegford »
Dr. Janice Siegford, MS, PhD
Certified Associate Applied Animal Behaviorist: http://www.animalbehavior.org/
Research Assistant Professor
1287C Anthony Hall
Department of Animal Science
East Lansing , MI 48824-1225
BS, Cornell University:
MS, University of Idaho:http://www.uihome.uidaho.edu/uihome/
PhD, Washington State University: http://wsu.edu/
Teaching 75%, Research 25%
I joined the Department of Animal Science as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Animal Behavior and Welfare Group in 2003 and began examining the impacts of early environment on the ability of pigs to cope with stress. In 2005, I became a research assistant professor in the department with the responsibility of developing and teaching online courses in animal welfare, including Animal Welfare Assessment (ANS 805). My colleagues and I have also created hypothetical scenarios of animals in various situations that allow students to assess the welfare of animals in different production systems, under different transport conditions, in different zoos, and in different companion animal situations. These scenarios are used as teaching tools in the online courses and have also been used in the Animal Welfare Judging Competition (http://www.msu.edu/~zanella/awjc.html).
The primary focus of my research centers examines the impact of various weaning strategies on the behavior and welfare of pigs and calves. In production, weaning is a particularly stressful experience for young animals because they experience multiple changes simultaneously and at earlier ages than they would naturally. In addition to switching from milk to solid food, which is a physical stressor, young animals are also removed from their dams and often mixed with new animals, both of which are social stressors. Weaning practices, however, can be modified to make these changes more gradual and similar to natural processes.
In addition to my work on production animals, I also work on companion animals. I currently have several projects with Janet Smith of the Capital Area Humane Society (http://www.cahs-lansing.org/) including examining owner’s perception of aggression in dogs, studying outcomes of temperament testing in dogs, and validating a feline temperament test for use in shelters. I am also available to assist individual owners with behavior problems of their dogs and cats.
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