Right Place, Right Time

Dr. Larry Sadler ('13 PhD biomedical sciences)

Larry Sadler was in the right place at the right time. “I recognized that if I wanted to be involved in production animal welfare in the way I wanted to be, I would need advanced degrees,” Sadler said. “I was fortunate as I was finishing my master’s degree in animal physiology at Iowa State, Dr. (Suzanne) Millman was starting up her lab and had a PhD position available.” That job and the subsequent PhD he earned, positioned Sadler for a career with the United Egg Producers where he has maintained a steadfast commitment to proper and humane animal care. That commitment was forged early in life and fortified during his PhD work with Millman. “Certainly, the course work and practical aspects correctly prepared me for the technical aspects of assessing, reviewing, and being able to identify critical components of animal welfare,” Sadler said. “But my best preparation came from the people I worked with. Learning from them how to engage in the field of animal welfare and many other disciplines was incredibly valuable.”