Dr. Alison Vaughan
Alison originally hails from the Isle of Skye, Scotland, where she grew up working with the family’s herd of hill sheep, young horses and a handful of highland cattle. She first came to Canada to complete a 5 month project examining cross sucking in dairy calves at the UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre as part of her MSc degree with the University of Edinburgh. Alison then moved to the University of Saskatchewan to pursue a PhD which explored practical applications for the learning abilities of cattle. After defending her PhD in December 2014, Alison spent the following two years as a post doctoral researcher with UBC’s Animal Welfare Program, where her research focussed on exploring calves’ learning and using data from a cross-Canada project to identify factors associated with cleanliness and cow comfort. Alison’s main research interests include benchmarking, cow comfort and calf management. Within her role at Agwest Veterinary Group, Alison will be providing benchmarking services and finding management solutions to help your cows achieve their potential. Outside of her work with Agwest she spends her time rock climbing and hiking in the Fraser Valley and training dogs with behavioural problems.