Dr. Yvonne Vizzier Thaxton is Professor and Director of the Center for Food Animal Wellbeing at the University of Arkansas.
Formerly the Executive Editor of POULTRYmagazine, Dr. Thaxton continues to contribute technical articles and expert commentaryon Meatingplace, via her widely read “Poultry Perspectives” blog.
Before entering academia in 1999, Dr. Thaxton spent 23 years at Marshall Durbin Companies, where she was responsible for the science and quality assurance department. In that role, she oversaw all aspects of operations and regulatory affairs.
Her influence and expertise has been felt industry-wide, having been appointed three times to the USDA Advisory Committee on Meat & Poultry Inspection, as well as several international committees fielding a range of food science and food safety issues.
Dr. Thaxton holds a B.S. in bacteriology and a M.S. in biological sciences from Mississippi University for Women; and a Ph.D. in poultry pathology from Auburn University.