New Faculty Member Dr. Beth Ventura
Dr. Beth Ventura joins the Department of Animal Science as the Animal Behavior and Welfare Teaching Assistant Professor. Originally from San Diego, California, Beth obtained a PhD in animal welfare from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada in 2015. Her dissertation research sought to understand stakeholder priorities and concerns in the dairy industry, with the goal of identifying policy solutions that work for both farmers and animals. She holds a BS in Animal Science from Michigan State University and an MS in Animal and Avian Science from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Beth looks forward to developing a teaching program that will equip students with the foundational skills to navigate the issues facing the animal industries in a rapidly changing society. She aims to engender her students with the knowledge of both the science and values that affect the practice of raising and keeping animals for companionship, food, entertainment, and science. Beth will join Dr. Marshall Stern in instructing 3403: Companion Animal Hot Button Issues this fall. Her plans for new coursework include the creation of classes in introductory applied animal behavior as well as the fundamentals of animal welfare science.
Beth is also excited to expand the Department's judging teams with the creation of the university's first Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Team. She has developed a strong network with colleagues in Canada and Europe and hopes to implement opportunities for student exchange, study abroad, and other opportunities for students to gain international perspective on the issues explored in the classroom.
Beth enjoys all things related to food, travel, and coffee and is always ready to chat about any or all of these wonderful things.