Temple Grandin, PhD, was the featured speaker at the Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) on Jan. 26 when she gave her presentation entitled, "Animals and Autism." She discussed proper handling of large animals, including horses, and how her autism helps her understand how animals think. (Listen to Grandin's presentation online.)

Grandin is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University. She is also an accomplished author and speaker. She was diagnosed with autism in 1950, and her parents were told she should be institutionalized. Her incredible story is told in her book Emergence: Labeled Autistic, and her life was brought to screen in the HBO full-length film, Temple Grandin, which won a Golden Globe award for actress Claire Danes' portrayal of Grandin. Grandin has been researching and speaking about equine welfare for years,

While in Baton Rouge, La., Grandin also gave two lectures as part of the LSU SVM's farm animal curriculum on livestock behavior, stress, and handling, and she met with the Farm Animal Medicine Club to discuss livestock welfare, husbandry, and handling.