Janice Swanson, PhD

​Janice Swanson is professor and chair of the Department of Animal Science at Michigan State University. She received her doctor of philosophy in applied animal ethology from the University of Maryland and a masters and baccalaureate degree from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Swanson’s professional career includes five years as a Technical Information Specialist in the USDA Animal Welfare Information Center and fifteen years on the faculty in the Department of Animal Science and Industry at Kansas State University where she taught courses in animal behavior and welfare, conducted outreach, and directed the international program. In 2007 Dr. Swanson moved to Michigan State University to become Director of Animal Welfare in the Departments of Animal Science and Large Animal Clinical Sciences. Dr. Swanson coordinates outreach, teaching and research in the area of animal welfare with a focus on social responsibility. In addition to her academic responsibilities, Dr. Swanson has provided scientific service to governmental, industry and scientific animal welfare advisory committees including for United Egg Producers, McDonalds, Food Marketing Institute, and Tyson. She also served as co-chairperson for the third edition of the FASS Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research and Teaching.

Janice Swanson, PhD