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2016 Call for Positions

On December 14, 2016 UC ANR Vice President Humiston announced the the release of 26 CE positions from the 2016 call for a new round of hiring over the next two years. This new release continues the commitment for hiring to exceed projected turnover, thus achieving the goal of academic growth. And, as funding becomes available, UC ANR will consider additional positions.

2016 approved CE positions

January 12, 2016 solicited proposals for Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor and specialist positions in the ANR Update. The call identified positions for strengthening and expanding the UC ANR network to address programmatic gaps and emerging needs. Below this public webpage displays all 138 new CE position proposals (there is a search tool to assist in finding proposals).

The online submittal process was open from January 12 – May 5 (5:00 PM) to allow as much time as possible for internal consultation and external input from UC ANR stakeholders in all program areas. Submissions were accepted from the following official submitter groups:

The Review Phase was completed May 5 – August 1. All proposals were reviewed. The program area and unit reviews were conducted by the Program Teams; geographic groups of County/Multicounty Partnership and Research and Extension Center Directors, and the UC ANR affiliated colleges and school. These groups prioritized and provided rationale for the position proposals under their purview. This input was used to inform UC ANR Program Council’s recommendations and ultimately the UC ANR Vice President’s decisions. More information about the review process is available in the review orientation.

The public comment period was open Jan. 12 through July 11, 2016. Comments can be viewed by clicking the position links below. Comments were reviewed by the review groups, Program Council and the Vice President.

Relevant documents:

If you have any questions, contact Katherine Webb-Martinez at (510) 987-0029 or


2016 URS Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2016 cycle.

Position Details

070 Animal Welfare for Communities and Production Systems Specialist

This specialist position will develop and extend science-based information on animal welfare issues that impact California’s livestock industries and associated agricultural communities, along with addressing the many concerns of welfare organizations and the lay public. California has been on the forefront of animal welfare issues that impact livestock industries nationwide. For example, demands to increase housing space for egg-layers, veal calves and sows; the selling of horses for slaughter for human consumption; the prohibition of tail docking in dairy cattle and sheep; and inhumane handling of non-ambulatory dairy cattle. The specialist will maintain and build strong partnerships within the ANR network, between the School of Veterinary Medicine and the large welfare program in the Department of Animal Science at UC Davis, and non-UC welfare and governmental organizations in order to develop and implement comprehensive animal welfare programs for livestock producers, agricultural activists, agribusiness, technical service providers, lay public, governmental officials, and representatives of non-governmental organizations. This position will be located in Veterinary Medicine Extension, School  of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis.

Proposed Location/Housing

Veterinary Medicine Extension, Department of Population Health and Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis.

Proposed Area of Coverage

Statewide (throughout California).


Associated Documents



This proposed position at UC Davis would be a great faculty addition to provide service and research to the people of California, consumers and farmers, as well as set an example for the nation on the subject of animal welfare.
Food animal agriculture is a very important industry in the state of California. It has a large impact on the California economy and provides Californians with healthy food animal products that they enjoy from our local farmers. The average consumer is now 5 generations removed from the farm and knowledge of how their food is grown. Even in a large agricultural state like California, people that live in urban areas are not familiar with animal production. Consumers want to know where their food comes from, this is important to them and they deserve to know that the life animals had a life worth living before harvest.
The proposed position would help bridge the gap between consumers and farmers. People want to eat animal protein while having confidence in how that animal was raised. California is a unique state because of the large amount of animal agriculture, number one dairy state, in addition to having large trend setting urban areas.
Please support this proposed position to support animal agriculture by involving UC Davis research and outreach.
Thank you,
Elizabeth Cox, MS DVM
Executive Board Northern San Joaquin Veterinary Medical Association
Posted Jun 29, 2016 11:58 AM by Elizabeth Cox, MS DVM
California Wool Growers Association (CWGA) strongly supports the proposed position for an Animal Welfare for Communities and Production Systems Specialist. California sheep and lamb producers take great pride in the care they provide for their animals as animal welfare is fundamental to the work of all sheep producers. Sheep producers continue to be challenged by the public regarding animal health and welfare issues and concerns. This position will provide the public and the sheep industry with applied research, education, and communication tactics that address the multitude of animal care and welfare issues sheep producers are having to address regarding such practices as breeding, shearing, and animal care management practices. This position will help to bridge the gap between consumers and livestock producers in an effort to build and maintain consumers trust in California sheep producers who are dedicated to producing healthy and safe food for consumers. CWGA is one of many stakeholders that will benefit from having an Animal Welfare for Communities and Production Systems in California.
Posted Jul 3, 2016 10:35 AM by California Wool Growers Association
California Pork Producers Association (CPPA) strongly supports the proposed position for an Animal Welfare for Communities and Production Systems Specialist. California pork producers are committed to making sure their animals are treated humanely. Consumers also are concerned about the treatment of swine during production and desire accurate information on pork production. This position will address producers’ and consumers’ interest in the important topic of animal welfare and provide research based education and communication resources that will help producers utilize the best, accepted swine care practices and help consumers recognize that California pork producers are committed to responsible swine care. CPPA is one of many stakeholders that will benefit from having an Animal Welfare for Communities and Production Systems in California.
Posted Jul 3, 2016 3:53 PM by California Pork Producers Association
As the director for the animal welfare program for the nations' largest fluid milk processor I would like to express my full support for the proposed position. My personal experience with the former specialist in this position proved invaluable in developing our company animal welfare program. Such a program must meet the needs of the nations agricultural community as well as the expectations of customers in the supply chain, from food service through to the consumer. The unique roll this position holds within agriculture and California can not be underestimated nor should its potential to impact the national conversation with respect to animal care and welfare. In many instances the challenges we face in agriculture are complex and both the agricultural and consumer community benefits from a rational, well informed resource that has the ability communicate effectively beyond the science, understanding the underlying emotional and belief constructs that underlie the contentious issues that animal agriculture will continue to face. The future of agriculture in California and beyond will lean heavily on positions such as this while the University continues to be seen as a reliable and expert voice on issues vital to a sustainable agricultural economy. To allow for such a void if this position is abandoned would limit an already stretched group of experts that are called upon heavily to support the industry in a multitude of ways across a variety of stakeholders. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly should you have any questions regarding my support or my thoughts on the critical nature of this position.
Posted Jul 4, 2016 4:15 PM by Jennifer Walker, DVM PhD, Director Dairy Stewardship, Dean Foods
I am a veterinarian in mixed-animal private practice and the chair of the California Veterinary Medical Association's Agriculture Committee. I cannot speak for the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), but was very involved in Proposition 2 years ago.

Animal agriculture is constantly questioned about animal welfare from its consumers, and rightfully so. Producers and veterinarians often find it difficult to convey to the public how and why certain things are done the way they are. This position is essential to help bridge that gap.

Producers and veterinarians in California need common sense, practical, and lawful ways of caring for animals appropriately. For example, food animal producers and veterinarians have limited legal pharmaceuticals for reducing pain and inflammation in sick animals. These types of issues need to be addressed, and California is the state to make this happen. We are always on the forefront of issues relating to people and animals, and we are the number one agriculture state in the nation.

Distribution of scientific information to individuals involved in all facets of production agriculture is a core mission of University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE).

Personally, I see this position as step in the right direction for UCCE, as many other extension positions have become overshadowed by private industry and its research. This is one of the few positions UCCE can quickly emerge as a leader in the field and truly make a difference for veterinary medicine and production agriculture in California.
Posted Jul 10, 2016 9:12 PM by Michael Karle, D.V.M.
National Milk Producers Federation fully supports the animal welfare expert position for the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

NMPF has heavily relied on the animal welfare expertise at UC Davis to support the Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Animal Care Program. As a part of this program, we routinely have university and veterinary experts serve on various advisory committees that guide our program towards its goals of the continuous improvement of sound animal care practices grounded in science.

The FARM Program represents over 95% of the milk supply in the United States and we have found the expertise of positions similar to the one proposed to be invaluable.

With California as the top dairy state in the country, we feel that its influence will have the greatest impact on sharing dairy’s welfare message throughout the industry.

NMPF and the FARM Program are just two of the many stakeholders that would greatly benefit from this position and we feel it warrants full support.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 1:30 PM by National Milk Producers Federation-National Dairy FARM Animal Care Program
The Pacific Egg & Poultry Association (PEPA) strongly supports the addition of an Animal Welfare for Communities and Production Systems Specialist. PEPA represents egg and poultry farmers in California and throughout the western United States. Having experienced Proposition 2 and the public and farmers perceptions of animal agriculture it is imperative that the most influential and well known School of Veterinary Medicine in the United States have a specialist with a focus in animal welfare. The ability of livestock stakeholders to tap into the educational resources offered by the veterinary school in addition to the school's ability to educate consumers about animal husbandry practices is invaluable. Animal welfare continues to be a major topic of discussion with scientists, farmers and consumers. The school needs to be a leader in this area. Debbie Murdock/Executive Director PEPA
Posted Jul 11, 2016 4:46 PM by Debbie Murdock

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