* Sow Lameness
* Pig welfare and health in niche market production
* Using GIS to improve biosecurity and health in pigs and poultry
• Pain mitigation to improve welfare in food animals
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.
J. Hurst, T. Parsons, M. Pierdon Physical and behavioral indicators of animal welfare on farms using electronic sow feeders AASV Annual Meeting : , 2018.Pierdon, MK, Parsons, TD Effect of familiarity and mixing method on gestating sow welfare and productivity in large dynamic groups. Journal of animal science 96 : 5024-5034, 2018.A. Palmieri, T. Parsons, M. Pierdon Worker satisfaction and animal empathy on sow farms using electronic sow feeders AASV Annual Meeting : , 2018.
J. Applebaum, M. Pierdon, T. Parsons Sand as a bedding for loose-housed gestating sows fed via ESF AASV Annual Meeting : , 2017.J. Hurst, M. Pierdon, T. Parsons The sow fecal microbiome across parity and hierarchy AASV Annual Meeting : , 2017.J. Karpowicz, M. Pierdon, T. Parsons Sow lameness scoring: Reliability and correlations with other indicators of lameness AASV annual meeting : , 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.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.S. Davenport, M. Pierdon, T. Parsons Use of topical spray containing lidocaine to mitigate pain in pigs undergoing castration AASV annual meeting : , 2016.
VMD (Veterinary Medicine) University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, 2005BA (Biology) Wellesley College, 2001Diplomate, American College of Animal Welfare
Clinical Certificate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania