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MEGHANN K. PIERDON, VMD, BA

Researcher & Assistant Director, Swine Teaching & Research Facility, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, New Bolton Center

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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* 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

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.

Gerlemann GD, GL Allee, DD Boler, MJ Ritter, MK Pierdon and SN Carr The effects of ractopamine hydrochloride feeding programs on growth and carcasses of finishing pigs marketed in 2 different groups Professional Animal Scientist 29: 271-277, 2013.

Althouse G C, Pierdon M S, Lu K G Thermotemporal dynamics of contaminant bacteria and antimicrobials in extended porcine semen. Theriogenology 70: 1317-23, 2008.

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

BA (Biology) Wellesley College, 2001