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Madison, WI 53706
Jennifer Van Os is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in Animal Welfare on the faculty of the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 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 biological- and social-science perspectives. The goal of Dr. Van Os’ extension program is to promote best practices in management and housing to help the dairy industry adapt as our scientific knowledge about animal welfare continues to grow.
Select Peer-Reviewed Publications
Reyes, F.S., A.R. Gimenez, K.M. Anderson, E.K. Miller-Cushon, J.R. Dorea, and J.M.C. Van Os. 2022. Impact of stationary brush quantity on brush use in group-housed dairy heifers. Animals 12:972 (Special issue: The role of social behavior in cattle welfare)
Saraceni, J., D.L. Renaud, E. Nelson, J.M.C. Van Os, C. Miltenberg, and C.B. Winder. 2022. Ontario dairy producers’ perceived barriers and motivations to the use of pain control for disbudding and dehorning calves: A qualitative study. Animals 12:973.
Salter, R., K. Reuscher, and J.M.C. Van Os. 2021. Milk- and starter-feeding strategies to reduce cross sucking in pair-housed calves in outdoor hutches. Journal of Dairy Science 104:6096-6112.
Saraceni, J., C.B. Winder, D.L. Renaud, C. Miltenberg, E. Nelson, and J.M.C. Van Os. 2021. Disbudding and dehorning practices for pre-weaned dairy calves by farmers in Wisconsin, USA. Journal of Dairy Science 104:11995-12008.
Chung, H., J. Li, Y. Kim, J.M.C. Van Os, S.H. Brounts, C.Y. Choi. 2020. Using implantable biosensor and wearable scanners to monitor dairy cattle heat stress in real-time. Computers in Agriculture 174:105453.
Select Book Chapters
Miller-Cushon, E., J.M.C. Van Os. 2021. Advances in understanding behavioral needs and improving the welfare of calves and heifers. Chapter 8 in Understanding the Behavior and Improving the Welfare of Dairy Cattle, edited by M. Endres. Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, Cambridge, UK. ISBN: 978 1 78676 459 1. (6)
Van Os, J.M.C. 2019. Considerations for cooling dairy cows with water. Veterinary Clinics of North America: Food Animal Practice 35:157-173. Housing to Optimize Comfort, Health and Productivity of Dairy Cattle, edited by N.B. Cook.
Select Conference Proceedings
Van Os, J. 2022. What would a cow prefer? 13th Boehringer Ingelheim Expert Forum on Farm Animal Well Being. Edinburgh, UK.
Van Os, J. 2019. Animal welfare: Critical for the cow, the producer, and the consumer. Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council Annual Meeting. Pittsburgh, PA.
Van Os, J.M.C. 2019. Welfare of dairy calves and heifers: Relevance to the animal, the producer, and the consumer. Dairy Calf and Heifer Association Conference. Middleton, WI.
Van Os, J.M.C. 2018. Animal Welfare: Current trends for dairy cattle and relevance to the AI sector. National Association of Animal Breeders 27th Technical Conference on Artificial Insemination and Reproduction. Green Bay, WI. (6)
Select Popular Press Articles
Van Os, J., T. Kohlman, E. Miller-Cushon, and T. Ollivett. 2022. Why all the fuss about pair housing? Article #1 in Two heads are better than one: A starter guide to pairing dairy calves. http://animalwelfare.cals.wisc.edu/calf_pairing/
Van Os, J., J. Costa, T. Kohlman, and T. Ollivett. 2022. Benchmarks for calf health before pair housing. Article #2 in Two heads are better than one: A starter guide to pairing dairy calves.
Van Os, J., C. Halbach, T. Kohlman, T. Ollivett, and D. Sockett. 2022. Hygiene practices. Article #3 in Two heads are better than one: A starter guide to pairing dairy calves.
Van Os, J., C. Halbach, T. Kohlman, and T. Ollivett. 2022. Options for housing pairs or groups. Article #4 in Two heads are better than one: A starter guide to pairing dairy calves.
Van Os, J., C. Halbach, T. Kohlman, T. Ollivett, and E. Miller-Cushon. 2022. Grouping strategies. Article #5 in Two heads are better than one: A starter guide to pairing dairy calves.
Van Os, J., E. Miller-Cushon, T. Kohlman, and T. Ollivett. 2022. Feeding practices and reducing cross sucking. Article #6 in Two heads are better than one: A starter guide to pairing dairy calves.
Stuttgen, S., J. Van Os, S. Adcock, and T. Kohlman. 2022. Disbudding and dehorning considerations. Article #7 in Two heads are better than one: A starter guide to pairing dairy calves.
Van Os, J. 2021. Reduce cross-sucking using simple adjustments to feeding methods. Progressive Dairy. https://www.agproud.com/articles/54758-reduce-cross-sucking-using-simple-adjustments-to-feeding-methods
Robbins, J., B. Ventura, J. Van Os. 2020. How do we maintain consumer confidence when it comes to animal care? Hoard’s Dairyman. https://hoards.com/article-28808-how-do-we-maintain-consumer-confidence.html
Van Os, J. 2019. Let cows choose. Dairy’s Bottom Line. https://www.agupdate.com/let-cows-choose/article_1729b0a8-893b-5de9-b0c0-4fd448a7d1f4.html
Van Os, J. 2019. Animal welfare should be a strength for a dairy operation, not a threat. Wisconsin State Farmer. https://www.wisfarmer.com/story/opinion/columnists/2019/06/12/animal-welfare-should-strength-dairy-operation-not-threat/1416347001/
Van Os, J. 2019. Animal care includes providing dairy cattle with opportunities for important behaviors. Progressive Dairy. https://www.agproud.com/articles/37712-animal-care-includes-providing-dairy-cattle-with-opportunities-for-important-behaviors
UW Dairy Animal Welfare Specialist Thankful for the Cows. Wisconsin Life. 24 December, 2019. https://www.wisconsinlife.org/story/uw-dairy-animal-welfare-specialist-thankful-for-the-cows/ or https://pbswisconsin.org/watch/wisconsin-life/cow-comfort-zzuqtb/
Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Animal Care program: Version 5.0 taskforce (2021-2024)
Mentorship Opportunities in Science & Agriculture for Individuals of Color (MOSAIC)
UW Faculty Senate – Alternate for District 8