Meet Our Current Members
Rachel van Vliet
I have joined the lab as a research assistant in May 2019 and began her master’s there in the fall of 2019, which I completed in the summer of 2022. I have then returned as a research assistant in the fall of 2022.
Bachelor of Arts, major in Anthropology, minor in Science for Arts Students, Biology (McGill University, 2018).
Masters of Science, Animal Science (McGill University, 2022).
My master’s research explored interactions between caregivers and captive monkeys in laboratory settings. It focused on caregiver use of species-specific behaviour as a form of social enrichment for captive marmosets and macaques.
I am interested in animal welfare and human-non-human-animal interactions. I am particularly interested in the interactions between human caregivers and the animals they care for, and how these interactions affect the well-being and behaviour of captive animals. I am fascinated by how these relationships are formed, and how husbandry practices can be developed in order to improve enrichment and overall welfare of captive animals.