I am currently a Masters student under the supervision of Dr. Derek Haley, and am also a 2019 graduate of the BSc (Hons) Animal Biology program here at the University of Guelph with hopes to pursue a DVM from the OVC in the near future. I have always had a strong passion for animal care and welfare, taking every opportunity to work alongside animals and improve their quality of life. Currently, I work part-time as a Veterinary Assistant / Receptionist at a small animal clinic and over the last 3 years have been doing occasional work as a Dairy Herdsman at a local Jersey farm.
I have been a part of many University of Guelph clubs and organizations such as the College Royal Society Dog shows, Recruitment Services, OVC Pet Trust events, and was a participant in the 18th annual AVMA Animal Welfare Assessment Contest, in 2018. I ended-up placing 3rd in the overall individual undergraduate division. This intercollegiate competition is designed to test students and their ability to effectively judge and assess welfare scenarios for a variety of species. More information about the contest can be found here: https://awjac.org/
Throughout this MSc program, I hope to both expand my knowledge of, and contribute to, the advancement of animal welfare science. I have a keen interest in exploring the implications of using a tail-twisting technique for moving cattle and expect this to be the main focus of my major research paper.
Outside of work and school, I enjoy going on hikes with my adopted Retriever Cross, Ralph, and practicing hot yoga.