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Monique Pairis-Garcia

Assoc Professor

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Dr. Monique Pairis-Garcia is an Associate Professor and Veterinarian in Global Production Animal Welfare at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine with a 50% research, 30% teaching and 20% extension appointment. Dr. Pairis-Garcia earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy degree from Iowa State University in Ames, IA and her bachelor’s degree in biology from Grinnell College. She is board certified in the American College of Animal Welfare and serves on the Pig Welfare Committee for the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) and National Pork Board. Dr. Pairis-Garcia’s research interests include 1) pain management in livestock animals utilizing pharmacological interventions to minimize pain 2) Development and refinement of educational material to ensure timely and appropriate euthanasia on farm and 3) Development and implementation of audit and assessment programs to ensure positive animal welfare and handling on farm. In addition, Dr. Pairis-Garcia is active in the AVMA, AASV and currently writes a column for the magazine Pig Progress with a focus on swine welfare and behavior.


  • 2009 – Present Member. American Association of Swine Veterinarians.
  • 2007 – Present Member. American Veterinary Medical Association.


  • Diplomate: American College of Animal Welfare
  • Poultry Welfare Auditor: Professional Animal Auditors Organization PAACO
  • Meat Plant Welfare Auditor: Professional Animal Auditors Organization PAACO
  • Swine Welfare Auditor: Professional Animal Auditors Organization PAACO
  • Pork Quality Assurance Advisor (PQA Plus): National Pork Board
  • Humane Farm Animal Care Auditor: Certified Humane

Area(s) of Expertise

I believe one of the most effective forms of extension to improve on-farm animal welfare is through applied research. Specifically, my applied research program applies concepts of animal welfare and behavior in three main areas; 1) Timely and humane euthanasia, 2) On-farm welfare assessments and audits, and 3) Alternative management practices to improve animal welfare on-farm. My research efforts include maintenance of Principal- and Co-principal investigator roles with extensive research collaboration within my department across multiple food animal species and participation in multi-state research addressing the swine, poultry and dairy industry needs in particular.


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