Suzanne T Millman (Hartline)

BSc (Agr), PhD
Education & Certifications  

BSc(Agr), Animal & Poultry Science, University of Guelph, Canada 1990
PhD, Applied Ethology, University of Guelph, Canada, 2000
PAACO certification – meat plant auditor, Common Swine Industry Audit


VDPAM 312 – Vets & Society II, Introduction to Animal Welfare
VDPAM365 – Animal Welfare Assessment and Judging
VDPAM465 – Animal Welfare Clinical Rotation
VDPAM466 – Animal Behavior and Welfare Preceptorship
VDPAM496 –GB (Great Britain, next offering 2018) – Study Abroad: Global Perspectives in Animal Welfare
VDPAM496-U (Uganda, next offering July 4-16, 2016) – Study Abroad: One Health Uganda
BMS403 – Behavior of Domestic Animals

Research Focus & Interests  

My research responsibilities are to develop a “program related to the fundamentals and policies of animal behavior and well-being in production systems for food producing animals.” Animal welfare research requires an interdisciplinary approach, involving scientific disciplines of behavior, health, performance, endocrinology and neurophysiology with recognition of the ethical and cultural aspects of the issues. Specifically, my research team uses an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach focusing on the following activities: (1) Animal welfare assessment on livestock and poultry farms, (2) Understanding pain and sickness behavior to improve animal care, (3) Developing novel technologies for euthanasia

Honors & Awards  

Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence (2012)


Section Editor (Farm Animals), Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Co-Chair, Am. Vet Med Assoc. Model Animal Welfare Curriculum Working Group;
Chair, Animal Welfare Committee, Iowa Veterinary Medical Association;
Chair, Iowa Animal Cruelty Response Task Force;
Chair, Common Swine Industry Audit Curriculum Committee, Professor Animal Auditor Certification Organization;
External animal welfare advisor, Animal Welfare Committee, HyLine International;
External animal welfare advisor, DineEquity, Inc. (Applebees Neighborhood Bar & Grill, IHOP)
Academic advisor, Global Animal Health and Welfare Committee, McDonalds Corporation; 
Member, Animal Welfare Committee, United Egg Producers;
Member, Swine Well-being Committee, Iowa Pork Producers Association;
Advisory Committee, Intercollegiate Animal Welfare Judging Contest;
Scientific Committee, Humane Farm Animal Care/Certified Humanely Raised Handled


American Association of Swine Practitioners
American Society of Animal Science
American Veterinary Society for Animal Behavior
Animal Behavior Society
Canadian Society for Animal Science
International Society for Applied Ethology
Poultry Science Association
Professional Animal Auditing Certification Organization
Universities Federation for Animal Welfare – University Link, Iowa State University

Selected Publications