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MEGHANN K. PIERDON, VMD, BA

Assistant Professor, Clinical Production Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

Diplomate, American College of Animal Welfare

Clinical Certificate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania

Research Areas: * Sow lameness and the link between foot health and longevity * Welfare of group housed sows fed via electronic sow feeding, investigating strategies to improve welfare when mixing sows into groups * Improved diagnostic testing for group housed sows, use of rope testing for sows gestating in pens

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University of Pennsylvania
School of Veterinary Medicine
Department of Clinical Studies
New Bolton Center
382 West Street Road

Clinical interests include using geospatial information to map poultry and swine locations, share information about disease status, and strategize community approaches to disease control. Research interests include practical aspects of food animal welfare such as sow lameness, investigating strategies to improve welfare when mixing sows into groups, and novel modalities for diagnostic sample collection for sows gestating in pens.

* Link between foot health and longevity

* Welfare of group housed sows fed via electronic sow feeding

* Improved diagnostic testing for group housed sows, use of rope testing for sows gestating in pens

J. Hurst, T. Parsons, M. Pierdon Physical and behavioral indicators of animal welfare on farms using electronic sow feeders AASV Annual Meeting : , 2018.

A. Palmieri, T. Parsons, M. Pierdon Worker satisfaction and animal empathy on sow farms using electronic sow feeders AASV Annual Meeting : , 2018.

J. Hurst, M. Pierdon, T. Parsons The sow fecal microbiome across parity and hierarchy AASV Annual Meeting : , 2017.

J. Applebaum, M. Pierdon, T. Parsons Sand as a bedding for loose-housed gestating sows fed via ESF AASV Annual Meeting : , 2017.

Horback, K. M.,Pierdon, M. K, Parsons, T. D. Behavioral preference for different enrichment objects in a commercial sow herd Applied Animal Behaviour Science 184: 7-15, 2016.

Pierdon, M.K., John, A.M., Parsons, T.D. An investigation of sow interaction with ice blocks on a farm with group housed sows fed by electronic sow feeders Journal of Swine Health and Production 24: 309-314, 2016.

Pierdon MK, Martell AL, Parsons TD. Use of ropes to collect oral fluids from gestating sows housed in dynamic groups and fed via electronic sow feeder Journal of Swine Health Production 24: 246-252, 2016.

S. Davenport, M. Pierdon, T. Parsons Use of topical spray containing lidocaine to mitigate pain in pigs undergoing castration AASV annual meeting : , 2016.

J. Karpowicz, M. Pierdon, T. Parsons Sow lameness scoring: Reliability and correlations with other indicators of lameness AASV annual meeting : , 2016.

M. Pierdon, L. Mack, T. Parsons Impact of Mixing Strategy on the Welfare of Gestating Sows AASV Annual Meeting : , 2015.

VMD (Veterinary Medicine) University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, 2005

BA (Biology) Wellesley College, 2001