Suzanne Millman

Scott and Nancy Armbrust Professorship in Veterinary Medicine
2201 Lloyd
Education & Certifications  
  • BSc(Agr), Animal & Poultry Science, 1990, University of Guelph, Canada 
  • PhD, Applied Ethology, 2000, University of Guelph, Canada
  • PAACO certification – meat plant auditor, Common Swine Industry Audit
  •  Instructor-in-charge, VDPAM 312, Vets & Society II, Introduction to Animal Welfare
  • Instructor-in-charge, VDPAM 365, Animal Welfare Assessment and Judging
  • Instructor-in-charge, VDPAM 465, Animal Welfare Clinical Rotation
  • Instructor-in-charge, VDPAM 466, Animal Behavior and Welfare Preceptorship
  • Instructor-in-charge, VDPAM 496, GB (Great Britain) – Study Abroad: Global Perspectives in Animal Welfare
  • Instructor-in-charge, VDPAM 496, U (Uganda) – Study Abroad: One Health Uganda
  • Instructor-in-charge, BMS 403, 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  
  • Faculty Member of the Year Award, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University. 2016
  • Mid-Career Achievement in Research Award, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University. 2016
  • DLT Smith Short Term Visitorship Award, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon, SK, Canada. 2014.
  • Journal of Dairy Science top 100 cited papers in 2010: Heinrich, A., Duffield, T.F., Lissemore, K.D., Pearl, D.L., Millman, S.T., 2010. The effect of meloxicam on behavior and pain sensitivity of dairy calves following cautery disbudding with a local anesthetic. Journal of Dairy Science 93:2450-2457. 2013
  • Pfizer Award for Research Excellence in Animal Health, Iowa State University. 2012
  • Top 10 peer-reviewed food animal medicine articles published in 2010. In: Constable, P.D. and Roussel, A.J. The Best Papers of 2010. Proceedings of the 29thAmerican College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum, Denver, CO, U.S.A., June 2011.
  • University Graduate Scholarship, University of Guelph. 1997
  • Dr. W.R. Graham Memorial Scholarship for poultry science. 1996
  • James A. McGrath Memorial Scholarship for poultry science. 1995
  • 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