Beth A. Ventura

Assistant Teaching Professor, Animal Behavior and Welfare
225D Haecker Hall
1364 Eckles Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
+1 612 624 9791


  • Ph.D., Animal Welfare, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • M.S., Animal and Avian Science, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • B.S., Animal Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Research Interests

  • Contentious issues in agriculture and animal use
  • Animal welfare
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Public attitudes


    • ANSC 1011: Animals and Society (online; spring)
    • ANSC 2015: Animal Welfare Science and Ethics (fall)
    • ANSC 2016: Introduction to Applied Animal Behavior (fall)
    • ANSC 3015: Advanced Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment (fall)
    • CFAN 3517: Shires, Shorthorns and Sheep - Exploring Livestock Systems in England (co-instructor; embedded spring study abroad course offered in the even years)
    • CFAN 3525: Elephants and Marine Ecosystems: Health, Welfare and Biodiversity in Thailand (co-instructor; summer study abroad course offered in the odd years)

Honors & Awards

  • Leadership Award, Department of Animal Science, 2017
  • Four Year Doctoral Fellowship, University of British Columbia, 2011-2015
  • Haynes Graduate Scholarship for the Advancement of Animal Welfare, University of British Columbia, 2012-2013
  • Outstanding MS Student of the Year, Animal and Avian Sciences, University of Maryland, 2009
  • Research Assistantship, University of Maryland, 2007-2009
Dr. Beth Ventura