Swine Welfare Expert Anna Johnson Wins Research Award

( Iowa State University )

Source: Iowa State University

Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presented swine welfare expert Anna Johnson with the Dean Lee R. Kolmer Award for Excellence in Applied Research in September.

The Kolmer Award is named after a former college dean and honors faculty or staff who have made significant contributions to improving the welfare of Iowans through research. 

Johnson, an animal science professor, studies farm animal behavior and welfare. Johnson is on the forefront of formulating programs, educational tools and assessment criteria to ensure farm animal health. Her research addresses animal handling, sow longevity and management.

She began her career at Iowa State in 2005 after serving as director of animal welfare for the National Pork Board.

She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Reading in 1995, master’s degree in animal behavior and animal welfare from the University of Edinburgh in 1997 and her doctorate in animal science from Texas Tech University in 2001.

Johnson is an active member of the development team for the Iowa Farm Animal Care program and continues to offer services as a member of ISU’s On-Farm Evaluation Team, particularly in response to cases involving pigs.

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