Meet Our Current Members


Elise Shepley

Scientific Writer 

BSc Animal Science (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA), MSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare (University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada), Ph.D. Animal Science (McGill University, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Canada).

Elise is the first Ph.D. graduate of CowLife McGill, where her thesis work focused on the effects/benefits of increased opportunity of movement on dairy cow welfare with a special focus on this increased movement on locomotion ability and lameness. During this time, she completed one study on the effect of providing loose-pen housing to tie-stall dairy cows during an 8-wk dry period on locomotor ability, lying behaviours, and ease of movement. In a collaborative effort with the CASE research team at ISA-Lille, Elise was able to expand her experimental evaluation of housing systems in a second study looking at the effect of two different loose-housing systems on dairy cow locomotor ability and activity, which took place at the Institut de Genech experimental farm in the north of France.
Elise is currently still serving our team, offering her services as an independent researcher and writer to disseminate research from CowLife McGill research projects and to conduct preliminary work in preparation for our lab’s future work using kinematic technology. At the same time, Elise is also working on a different front for Canadian dairy producers, having been contracted for a project with Dairy Farmers of Ontario. After that, she looks forward to applying the years of knowledge gained while working under Dr. Vasseur and while a member of the CowLife team in her future career endeavors!