AFS animal welfare expert joins Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine
By: George Watson
Arlene Garcia-Marquez, a research assistant professor with Texas Tech University's Department of Animal and Food Sciences, is taking a new position as an assistant professor of behavior and welfare at the Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine in Amarillo. She began her duties on Tuesday (Jan. 5).
The Presidio, Texas, native will be responsible for conducting that research and training the next line of animal care specialists. The school prepares to welcome its inaugural class in fall 2021.
"Establishing a working relationship between academia and the agricultural industry to better prepare our future veterinarians is a central part of the Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine in Amarillo, and where feel I can contribute to the most," Garcia-Marquez said.
Her research interest has been in pig transportation – she has helped develop guidelines used by the National Pork Board to mitigate stress associated with transporting pigs. Her research focuses on finding solutions to commercial problems that sometimes go unseen in controlled settings. Separately, she is dedicated to the training of the Hispanic workforce and implementing timely euthanasia on management of compromised pigs.
In addition to her research interests with Tech's Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Garcia-Marquez served as an animal welfare auditor and consultant for Validus Verification Services in Urbandale, Iowa. The firm is dedicated to socially responsible practices in on-farm production, specializing in animal welfare and feed programs..
Prior to joining Texas Tech's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources faculty in 2016, Garcia-Marquez served as an assistant professor of animal science at the University of Minnesota, and was an interim director of the Texas Tech Equestrian Center. Garcia-Marquez earned her doctorate (2014) and master's degree in animal sciences (2010) from Texas Tech. Her bachelor's degree in animal health management is from at Sul Ross State University-Alpine (2005). She also earned an associate of applied science degree in veterinary technology from Sul Ross in 2003.
CONTACT: Michael Orth, chairman, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Texas Tech University at (806) 834-5653 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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