Madonna Benjamin, DVM, MS
Madonna Benjamin (nee Gemus), DVM, MS is an Assistant Professor, Swine Extension Veterinarian, in Large Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine. She achieved her DVM from University of Guelph (1995), residency in swine health, and masters in animal welfare from Michigan State University (1998) and practiced food animal production medicine in Alberta, Canada until 2012.
- Research interests for 2020-2021
- Precision Livestock Farming - To meld economic decisions, mitigation strategies, labor efficiencies and individual animal welfare through 1) Visual imaging to evaluate body condition and weight in cull sows; 2) Establishing rural connectivity to improve farm economics and animal welfare; 3) Develop of on-farm robust data collection devices.
- Alternatives to captive bolt application sites in mature swine.
- Outreach in MSU - Extension for 2020-2021
- Systematic observation to identify compromised animals within a population.
- Animal handling - National Pork Board and Michigan Low Stress Handling.
- Controlling pathogens at the source
- Quantitative field study assessment of airborne virus load as a result of manure transfer.
- Reducing pathogen incidence in exhibition and show pigs - Health Champions
- Producer programs
- National Pork Board - Task Force - Animal Management during Foreign Animal Disease
- Common Swine Industry Audit (CSIA), Transport and Pork Quality Assurance Programs
- Michigan's Secure Pork Supply (Foreign Animal Disease and Zoonosis Response)
- Biosecurity training to livestock transporters, service providers and swine producers
- Veterinary programs
- Antibiotic Guidance, AMDUCA and FARAD
- Biosecurity Planning for Veterinarians and Vet Students for Biosecurity Affidavits.
- Small (extensive) farms database.
Protect your pigs from verminous pneumonia
Published on December 2, 2022
Michigan farms may not cook and feed garbage to swine
Published on June 21, 2022
Vaccination Strategies for Pigs Raised on Small Farms
Published on June 8, 2022
Pork Quality Assurance Plus is valuable to swine producers
Published on April 25, 2022
Michigan to offer Pork Quality Assurance Plus advisor training for new version of PQA
Published on April 7, 2022
Management over Medication: Biosecurity Plans for Small Farms
Published on February 14, 2022
Simple biosecurity tips for your small swine farm
Published on December 21, 2021
Can precision livestock farming help optimize farm labor?
Published on December 20, 2021