The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) at Western University of Health
Sciences is proud to host bestselling author, Dr. Temple Grandin, PhD, at
the CVM White Coat Ceremony, which is a part of the campus’ 2006 Welcome
The white coat ceremony is a tradition that marks entrance into medical
school and higher education programs centered in health care. The
ceremony addresses the issue of health care ethics and the responsibility
that accompanies practice in the various health care professions. This
year, the College of Veterinary Medicine will have the assistance of Dr.
Temple Grandin to share the challenges and questions that practicing
Veterinarians face today.
Dr. Grandin, an autistic, is an Associate Professor at Colorado State
University, and a livestock consultant. She has designed the animal
handling facilities, through which more than half the animals slaughtered
for food in North America, are processed. These facilities are also
located in Europe, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries.
In North America, almost half of the cattle are handled in a center track
restrainer system that she designed for meat plants. The curved chute and
race systems, which she has designed for cattle, are used worldwide and
her writings on the flight zone and other principles of grazing animal
behavior have helped many people to reduce stress on their animals during
She has also created an objective scoring system for assessing handling
of cattle and pigs at meat plants. This scoring system is being used by
many large corporations to improve animal welfare. Other areas of
research include: cattle temperament, environmental enrichment for pigs,
reducing dark cutters and bruises, bull fertility, training procedures,
and effective stunning methods for cattle and pigs at meat plants.
Dr. Grandin obtained her B.A. at Franklin Pierce College and her M.S. in
Animal Science at Arizona State University. She received her PhD in
Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1989. She has appeared
on numerous television shows and radio broadcasts and is widely sought
out for her expertise. Additionally, Dr. Grandin has also authored over
300 articles in both scientific journals and livestock periodicals on
animal handling, welfare, and facility design. She is the author
of “”Thinking in Pictures””, “”Livestock Handling and Transport,””
and “”Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals.”” Her book “”Animals in
Translation”” is a New York Times’ best-seller.
The CVM White Coat Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, August 12, 2006,
at 10:30 a.m. in the Bridges Hall of Music, located at 150 East Fourth