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Lee Niel

Associate Professor   |   BSc (Simon Fraser University), PhD (UBC)


I joined the Ontario Veterinary College in 2010, and my current research and teaching are focused on the behaviour and welfare of companion animals. I have a background in both applied animal behaviour and welfare and behavioural neuroscience, which allows me to use a suite of research tools to conduct basic and applied research relating to the behaviour and welfare of cats and dogs. Key areas of interest include: 1) the development and application of novel methods for the identification and management of animal pain and stress, and 2) investigations into the underlying causes of different types of dog and cat fear and aggression.

Research Interests

  • Development of novel methods for the assessment of animal welfare
  • Improving the welfare of cats and dogs during handling and common veterinary procedures
  • Effects of early socialization on cat and dog behaviour
  • Understanding causes, prevention and treatment of fear and aggression in cats and dogs


  • Lectures and labs in various DVM courses in relation to companion animal behaviour and welfare, behaviour and physiology, and behavioural genetics
  • Course Co-coordinator for Health Management II VETM*3410
  • Mentor for clinical skills review related to companion animal behaviour and welfare for the Phase 4 Small Animal Primary Care Rotation


Selected Publications

Link to google scholar profile: https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=ekF5Q_UAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao