Dr Anna Johnson
Professor, Iowa State University
Dr Anna Johnson is a Professor in the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University with a 50% research, 25% teaching and 25% extension appointment. Johnson earned her doctorate degree in animal welfare from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, her bachelor’s degree in animal science from Reading University and a master’s degree in applied animal behavior and animal welfare from University of Edinburgh. Dr. Johnson teaches both undergraduate and graduate level animal behavior and welfare classes. Johnson’s research interests include pig health, pain and euthanization, caretaker-pig interactions, on-farm assessments and audits and sow productive lifetime. Johnson serves as a resource for livestock industries’ by creating and delivering educational livestock welfare material for example Pork Quality Assurance Plus and the Common Swine Industry Audit. Johnson serves on numerous state, national and international committees. She is a professional reviewer for several leading welfare journals (Applied Animal Behaviour Science, Animal Welfare and Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science). Prior to joining ISU, Dr. Johnson was the Director of Animal Welfare for the National Pork Board. Johnson developed and implemented Checkoff-funded swine welfare and welfare-related research within the Science & Technology Department. Johnson was instrumental in the formulation and launch of the Swine Welfare Assurance Program. Dr Johnson is active in the International Society for Applied Ethology and is a reviewer for international journals in the field of livestock behavior and welfare.