F.E. Madill Secondary School (Wingham, ON, Canada), McMaster University (Hamilton, ON, Canada), McGill University (Montreal, QC, Canada)
Ontario Secondary School Diploma, BSc in Integrated Science, MSc in Animal Science
Working on my family's dairy farm, Program assistant, Research assistant
I'm a Canadian living in Ireland. I'm a PhD student studying animal science. I love cooking and baking bread!
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I'm a PhD student researching dairy cow and calf welfare.
My Typical Day
On days when I'm in the office, I wake up around 7 am, go to work, and am there from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. I spend all day working at my desk, on my computer, but I stop for morning tea and lunch to eat and talk with my friends. On days when I'm doing an experiment, I get up around 6 am. I'm at work before 7 am, and I immediately check on my calves. I spend the day working with them, taking measurements and making sure they are taken care of. I usually go home around 6 pm.
What I'd do with the prize money
I would give the money to VistaMilk (my researcher funder) to be spent on future student outreach events.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
cow welfare enthusiast
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
I wouldn't stop asking questions as a kid, so I needed to go into a career that allowed me to continue asking questions on a daily basis
What did you want to be after you left school?
I wanted to be a veterinarian when I was a kid, but that was because it was the only career path I knew of that combined animals and science.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Nope! I was (unfortunately) a well behaved kid.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
I have no idea! I almost went into the Earth Sciences when I was in first year university, so maybe something geology related?
What's your favourite food?
Christmas dinner (turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie - all of it!). Probably because I only get it all once a year...
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1. To be able to teleport anywhere around the world (Harry Potter style) to be able to go see my family whenever I wanted. Also to travel and see more of the world. 2. Cheap, clean renewable energy for the world. 3.
Tell us a joke.
Why do cows have hooves instead of feet? Because they lactose!