- Stewart Bldg. 2510
BSc (Hons), MSc
My passion for animal welfare science developed while obtaining a B.Sc. (Hons) at the University of British Columbia (UBC). The more I learned about animal welfare and behaviour science, the more intrigued and enthralled I became. In 2013, I completed a MSc in Applied Animal Biology with the Animal Welfare Program at UBC. After completing my degree, I worked in a neuroscience laboratory. However, I knew that I wanted to continue with animal welfare science, but this time head into the companion animal realm. Thus, I decided to pursue my passion and move across country to the University of Guelph. In September of 2014, I started a PhD focused on feline behaviour and welfare with Dr. Lee Niel.
My current research looks at assessing and mitigating stress during feline handling at the veterinary clinic. Specifically, we are validating methods to assess feline response to handling. These validated methods will then be used to assess feline response to various handling techniques commonly used in clinic. The overall aim of this research is to improve handling methods for cats, thereby reducing stress and improving feline welfare during physical exams and veterinary procedures.
I am also interested in improving feline welfare through applied research within a variety of settings, as well as exploring how other research methods and techniques may be utilized to assess and improve feline welfare.