Temple Grandin Ph.D

Professor of Animal Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, 80523, USA

Consultant and designer of livestock handling facilities, Grandin Livestock Handling Systems Inc.


B.A. (Psychology), Franklin Pierce College, 1970
M.S. (Animal Science), Arizona State University, 1975
Ph.D. (Animal Science), University of Illinois, 1989


1984, Meritorious Service, Livestock Conservation Institute (now National Institute of Animal Agriculture)
1990, National Provisioner, Processing Stars of 1990
1990, Who's Who of American Women
1994, Golden Key National Honor Society, Honorary Member
1994, Industry Innovator's Award, Meat Marketing and Technology Magazine
1995, Industry Advancement Award, American Meat Institute
1995, Animal Management Award, American Society of Animal Science
1995, Harry C. Roswell Award, Scientists Center for Animal Welfare
1995, The Brownlee Award for International Leadership in Scientific Publication Promoting Respect for Animals, their Nature and Welfare, Animal Welfare Foundation of Canada, Vancouver, BC
1997, CAS/Miller Com 97 Campus Wide Lecture at the University of Illinois
1997, Profiled in Who's Who in America
1997, Alpha Zeta Centennial Honor Roll
1998, F.W. Presant Memorial Lecture, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
1998, Forbes Award, National Meat Association
1998, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation - Humane Ethics in Action, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
1999, Woman of the Year in Service to Agriculture, Progressive Farmer Magazine
1999, Humane Award, American Veterinary Medical Association
1999, Honary Doctorate, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec
1999, Named as one of the 26 Industry Influentials by Meat Marketing and Technology Magazine
1999, Animal Welfare Award, Animal Transportation Association
1999, Founders Award, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
2000, Temple Grandin profiled in The New York Times, Scientists at Work, McGraw Hill Books, New York, NY. pp. 48-57. Profile by Anne Raver
2001, Joseph Wood Krutch Medal - The Humane Society of the United States
2001, Knowlton Award for Innovation, Meat Marketing and Technology
2001, Wood Gush Memorial Lecture, International Society of Applied Ethology
2002, Richard L. Knowlton Innovation Award from Meat Marketing and Technology Magazine
2002, British Society of Animal Science, Yorkshire England, Animal Welfare Award Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty in Animals
2002, University of Illinois Alumni Illini Comeback Award. Five distinguished alumni are invited back each year during homecoming. Other comeback Illini for 2002, were an astronaut, university president, the inventor of Microsoft Office, and an administrator of a scholarship program
2003, Western Section American Society of Animal Science
2004, Honorary Doctorate of Science, University of Illinois
2004, President's Award, National Institute of Animal Agriculture
2004, The Beef Top 40: The 40 most influential people in the beef industry. Awarded on the 40th anniversary of Beef Magazine
2004, The Organic Style Magazine's Environmental Power List
2006, Animals in Translation was a Top Science Book of the Year in Discover Magazine, January 2006 p.74
2006, Frank H.T. Rhodes Class of 1956 Visiting Professor at Cornell University
2007, Autism Society of America Founder's Award
2007, Dept. of Health and Humane Services, Secretary's Highest Award, Washington D.C.
2008, Franklin Pierce College, Alumni Association: Leader of Conscience Award
2009, Honorary Doctorate - Swedish University, University of Agricultural Science, Uppsala, Sweden, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Degree in Animal Welfare
2009, Sharp Cleaver Award - Colorado and Wyoming Association of Meat Processors
2009, Meat Industry Hall of Fame, Chicago, Illinois
2009, Headliner Award, Livestock Publications Council, Fort Worth, Texas
2010, Fellow - American Society of Animal Science
2010, Inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Dallas, Texas
2010, Honorary Doctorate, Duke University
2010, Honorary Doctorate, Lakehead University
2010, Colorado Cattlemen's Assocation, Honorary Life Member
2010, National Cattlemen's Beef Association - Lifetime Achievement Award
2010, Oklahoma State University created an endowed professorship in animal behavior in honor of Temple Grandin
2010, Time Magazine 100 Most Influential People
2011, Peek Award for Disability in the Media, Utah Film Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
2011, Special Recognition Award, American Meat Science Association - In recognition of her faithful service to the meat industry and individual members and her common sense leadership in animal welfare issues
2011, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Double Helix Medal for communication with the public on autism
2011, First Place, Livestock Publications Council, Instructional Story non-association for an article I wrote in Beef magazine on cattle handling safety
2011, Chairman’s Award, Colorado Bio Science Association, Denver, CO for communicating with the public about autism
2011, American Humane Association - National Humanitarian Award - Pioneering Efforts that Reshaped Animal Welfare in the Livestock Industry
2011, The Halal Journal Award - Outstanding Personal Achievement
2011, Hall of Great Westerners, Oklahoma State University
2011, Promoting the Power of Education Award, Arapahoe Community College, Denver, Colorado
2011, Friend of Occupational Therapy Award, College of Occupational Therapy, Colorado State University
2012, Texas Trail of Fame - Star placed in Forth Worth Stockyards Sidewalk
2012, Colorado Women's Hall of Fame
2012, Honorary Doctorate Carnegie Mellon University
2012, Honorary Doctorate Western College of Veterinary Medicine
2012, Honorary Doctorate Franklin Pierce University
2012, Honorary Doctorate Arizona State University
2012, Liberty Science Center Distinguished Humanitarian Award
2012, Science and Medicine Award Bonfils Stanton Foundation
2012, Lifetime Achievement Award CARD Florida Center for Autism
2013, The Distinguished Alumni Medalion, National 4-H Council
2013, Chairman's Aware, Colorado BioSciences
2014, Honorary Doctorate - Washington University in St. Louis MO
2014, Honorary Doctorate - Providence College, Providence Rl
2014, Honorary Doctorate - Texas A&M University, 2014
2014, The Teachers College Medal for Distinguished Service, Columbia University, New York
2015, Meritorious Award - OIE World Organization for Animal Health, Paris, France
2015, Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame from FFA
2015, Honorary Doctorate Dalhousic University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
2015, Honorary Doctorate University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
2016, Honorary Doctorate Emory University, Atlanta, GA
2016, American Academy of Arts and Science Journalism and Communication Division


American Society of Animal Science
American Society of Agricultural Engineers
American Society of Agricultural Consultants
American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists
National Institute of Animal Agriculture (formerly Livestock Conservation Institute)


Grandin T. 1993-2000, 2007, 2014. (Editor). Livestock Handling and Transport, CAB International, Wallingford, Oxon, United Kingdom. 2nd Edition, 2000. 3rd Edition, 2007. 4th Edition, 2014

Titles of chapters written by T. Grandin:
  • Introduction: A whole systems approach to assessing animal welfare during handling and restraint.
  • Behavioral principles of handling cattle and other grazing animals under extensive conditions.
  • Handling facilities and restraint of extensively raised cattle.
  • Improving welfare and reducing stress on animals in slaughter plants.

Grandin, T. 1995. Thinking in Pictures. Vintage Press (Division of Random House), New York, NY.
Grandin, T. 2000. Beef Cattle Behavior, Handling and Facilities Design. Grandin Livestock Handling Systems Inc., Fort Collins, CO.
Grandin, T. and Deesing, M. 2013 (Editors). Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals, 2nd Edition. Academic Press, San Diego, CA. (Now and imprint of Elsevier).

Titles of chapters written by T. Grandin and M. Deesing:
  • Behavioral genetics and animal science.
  • Genetics and behavior during handling restraint and herding.
  • Genetics and animal welfare.

Grandin T. and Johnson C., 2005. Animals in Translation. Scribner (Division of Simon and Schuster), New York, NY.
Grandin T. and Deesing M. 2008. Humane Livestock Handling. Storey Publishing, North Adams, Massachusetts.
Grandin T. and Johnson C. 2009. Animals Make Us Human. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York, NY.
Grandin, T. 2009. Slaughter plants behavior and welfare assessment, Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior (online) ANBY: 00083 Elsevier.
Grandin, T. 2015. Improving Animal Welfare: A Practical Approach (2nd Edition), CABI Publishing, Wallingford, Oxfordshire UK. (ISBN-978-1-78064-468-4).

I wrote eight (8) chapters for this book and edited the chapters of eight (8) invited contributors. The chapters written by Temple Grandin include:
  • Chapter 1 - An introduction to implementing an effective animal welfare program, pp. 1-14.
  • Chapter 2 — The importance of measurement to improve the welfare of nmlivestock, poultry, and fish, pp. 15-34.
  • Chapter 4 — Implementing effective standards and scoring systems for assessing animal welfare on farms and slaughter plants, pp. 49-68.
  • Chapter 5 — How to improve livestock handling ad reduce stress, pp. 69-95.
  • Chapter 9 — Improving livestock, poultry, and fish welfare in slaughter plants with auditing programs, pp. 164-193.
  • Chapter 11 — Welfare during transport of livestock and poultry, pp. 221-246.
  • Chapter 14 — The effects of economic factors on the welfare of livestock and poultry, pp. 278-290.
  • Chapter 16 — Successful technology transfer of behavioral and animal welfare research to the farm and slaughter plant, pp. 313-327.


Cattle Handling Principles to Reduce Stress
Animal Handling in Meat Plants
Low Stress Handling of Pigs
Preventing Behavior Problems in your horse
Video tour of Beef Plant with Temple Grandin
Video tour of Pork Plant with Temple Grandin
Video tour of Turkey Farm and Plant with Temple Grandin
Cattle Handling Facilities Tips, Published by NCBA Beef Quality Assurance. Dr. Grandin does the second presentation in this video.
Video tour of Lamb Plant with Temple Grandin

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