Animal Welfare Foundation of Canada Sponsors Stratton Lecture: Temple Grandin – Maintaining High Standards in Animal Welfare

The Animal Welfare Program at the Faculty of Land and Food Systems invites you to join us for an evening featuring world renowned animal welfare expert, Temple Grandin. Dr. Grandin has revolutionized livestock handling facilities all over the globe and has dedicated much of her life to improving the lives of animals. She is also widely known for advancing the cause of people with autism. Dr. Grandin will give a talk on high standards in animal welfare and how they can be maintained.

Temple Grandin, who is a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, has appeared on 20/20, 48 Hours, and 60 Minutes, as well as being featured in People Magazine, the New York Times, and Forbes. In 2010, Time Magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people. Drawing on her advhe has a 2010 TED Lecture titled “The World Needs ALL Kinds of Minds.” She has also authored over 400 articles in both scientific journals and livestock periodicals on animal handling, welfare, and facility design. Her books “Animals in Translation” and “Animals Make Us Human” were both on the New York Times best seller list. Her life story has also been made into an HBO movie titled “Temple Grandin”, staring Claire Danes, which won seven Emmy awards and a Golden Globe.

The talk will include a Q&A session followed by a reception with light refreshments.


Thursday, February 25, 2016
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Cost: $10 per person ($5 for registered students)
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Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre
Jack Poole Hall, 6163 University Blvd
Vancouver, BC (See Map)

Questions? For more information or RSVP questions, please contact Anna Grabowski at or 604-822-8866.


Temple Grandin is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University and she has been a pioneer in improving the handling and welfare of farm animals.

She was born in Boston, Massachusetts.  Temple’s achievements are remarkable because she was an autistic child.  At age two she had no speech and all the signs of severe autism. Fortunately, her mother defied the advice of the doctors and kept her out of an institution.  Many hours of speech therapy, and intensive teaching enabled Temple to learn speech.  As a teenager, life was hard with constant teasing.  Mentoring by her high school science teacher and her aunt on her ranch in Arizona motivated Temple to study and pursue a career as a scientist and livestock equipment designer.

Dr. Temple Grandin obtained her B.A. at Franklin Pierce College in 1970. In 1974 she was employed as Livestock Editor for the Arizona Farmer Ranchman and also worked for Corral Industries on equipment design. In 1975 she earned her M.S. in Animal Science at Arizona State University for her work on the behavior of cattle in different squeeze chutes. Dr. Grandin was awarded her Ph.D in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1989 and is currently a Professor at Colorado State University.

Presented in partnership with the UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems, the Animal Welfare Association of Canada (AWFC) and alumni UBC.

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