Monique Pairis-GarciaAssociate professor and veterinarian, North Carolina State University, USA
is associate professor and veterinarian in global production animal welfare at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine with a 50% research, 30% teaching and 20% extension appointment. Dr Pairis-Garcia earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy degree from Iowa State University in Ames, IA, United States and her bachelor’s degree in biology from Grinnell College. She is board certified in the American College of Animal Welfare and serves on the Pig Welfare Committee for the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) and National Pork Board. Dr Pairis-Garcia’s research interests include: 1. Pain management in livestock animals utilizing pharmacological interventions to minimise pain;2. Development and refinement of educational material to ensure timely and appropriate euthanasia on farm; and 3. Development and implementation of audit and assessment programs to ensure positive animal welfare and handling on farm. Dr Pairis-Garcia also serves as an auditor for Certified Humane, a national non-profit organisation created to improve the lives of farm animals by conducting inspections on dairy, poultry, swine and slaughter facilities. In addition, Dr Pairis-Garcia is active in the AVMA, AASV and currently writes a column for the magazine Pig Progress with a focus on swine welfare and behaviour.