Janice Siegford, PhD
Animal Behavior & Welfare Group, Michigan State University
Dr. Siegford's research examines the impacts of management practices and environment on the behavior and welfare of production animals. Dr. Siegford is currently working with colleagues to relate social behavior to genotypes to improve the welfare of group-housed pigs. Another of her projects examines how laying hens adapt individually an as flocks to non-cage aviary systems being proposed as an alternative to traditional cages. Dr. Siegford also works to develop non-invasive, automated methods for collecting behavior and welfare data from individual animals in their home environments as in her work on a wireless sensor for laying hens in non-cage housing systems.
Dr. Siegford teaches online and face-to-face courses in animal welfare and behavior. She currently teaches an undergraduate face-to-face course on Applied Animal Behavior (ANS 305) and a graduate online course on Animal Welfare Assessment (ANS 805) and helps organize the annual Intercollegiate Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Competition.
Over the course of her academic career Janice has studied science writing (BS, Cornell), zoology (MS, U ID), neuroscience (PhD, WA St), & animal welfare (postdoc, MSU) in species ranging from parakeets & gerbils to companion animals & livestock. She is currently a Professor in the Animal Behavior & Welfare Group in the Dept of ANS at MSU. She teaches online & face-to-face classes in animal behavior & welfare to undergraduate, graduate & veterinary students.
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MSU to study precision livestock farming adoption trends in U.S. swine industry
Published on March 15, 2021
Data and technology offer ways to improve quality of life for farmers and animals
Published on September 23, 2019
ANS Graduate Student Awards 2019
Published on April 19, 2019
Siegford Honored at APLU Annual Meeting
Published on November 13, 2017
Siegford Receives Teaching Award
Published on April 6, 2017
Improving genetic selection may hold key to peaceful pig grouping
Published on February 14, 2017
Alliance to more than double research, outreach investment in Michigan’s animal agriculture industry
Published on January 9, 2017
New study guides poultry farmers on choosing eggs-actly the right hen housing system
Published on April 2, 2015