Jennifer Van Os joined the faculty of the Department of Dairy Science at UW-Madison in 2018 as an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in Animal Welfare. Dr. Van Os received her PhD in the interdisciplinary Animal Behavior graduate program at the University of California-Davis and conducted postdoctoral research in the Animal Welfare Program at the University of British Columbia. The research in her lab at UW-Madison focuses on understanding, evaluating, and improving the welfare of dairy animals from a biological perspective. The goal of Dr. Van Os’ extension program is to promote best practices in management and housing to help the Wisconsin dairy industry adapt as our scientific knowledge about animal welfare continues to grow.
Sandy Stuttgen is an Associate Professor with UW-Extension and serves as the Agriculture Educator for Taylor County. Sandy has worked as a statewide Extension Beef Team Specialist. Her focus areas include cattle wellbeing and beef quality assurance programming, farm financial risk management, and farm succession. She joined UW-Extension following a career as a large animal, predominately dairy veterinarian. Sandy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Bacteriology from UW-Madison and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the UW-School of Veterinary Medicine
Heather Schlesser is an Associate Professor with UW-Extension and serves as the Agriculture Educator for Marathon County. Heather’s programming has focused on dairy and beef reproduction, dairy calf and heifer raising, and farm profitability. Heather has served on the Well-being conference planning committee since 2013. Heather earned her PhD in Reproductive Physiology from the University of Illinois in Urbana- Champaign.
Sarah Mills-Lloyd is the University of Wisconsin-Extension Oconto County Agriculture Agent specializing in dairy and livestock. Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin- Extension, she practiced as a large animal veterinarian in northeast Wisconsin. Sarah’s research emphasis is on animal health and husbandry. She incorporates new innovative technologies with university-based research to provide educational and outreach efforts for producers focusing on animal well-being, calf management, and transition cow management. Sarah has a doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.