Dr. Joseph M. Stookey, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Professor, University of Saskatchewan
Western College of Veterinary Medicine
Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences
B.Sc. Animal Science (University of Illinois, USA)
M.Sc. Animal Nutrition (University of Illinois, USA)
Ph.D. Applied Ethology, (University of Illinois, USA)
After completing an M.Sc. in ruminant nutrition, I spent the next five years managing the sheep flock (1,000 ewes) and research unit at the University of Illinois Dixon Springs Agricultural Center. In 1985 I moved onto campus and managed the Swine Research Centre at the University of Illinois and began my work on a Ph.D.. During my Ph.D. program, I spent one year in Kenya as a member of the Animal Science Department at Edgerton University, Njoro where I taught basic animal science courses. I completed my Ph.D. in 1991 in the field of applied animal behavior and accepted a position at the WCVM, where I am currently employed.
As an applied animal behaviorist I have aimed my research at improving the productivity and welfare in domestic food animals through the application and investigation of the behavioral processes. My research program focuses on the maternal and social behavior of cattle, the investigation of routine painful procedures, plus the factors that influence handling and temperament
in beef cattle. In addition to my research, I teach courses to veterinary students on basic animal behavior, animal welfare, and give some lectures on ethics and pain management.
I have been married to my wife, Gayle, for 28 years and we have 4 children.