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Meet Our Current Members

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Shabnaz Mokhtarnazif

Research Assistant

During my undergraduate years, my fascination with animal welfare, particularly in dairy cows, blossomed as I pursued my dream of becoming a veterinarian. I assumed leadership as the head of the student association, "Herd Health Association," where I organized conferences and workshops dedicated to the health and management of dairy cows.

In 2017, as part of my DVM thesis, I had the invaluable opportunity to engage in experimental research within the "Animal Welfare Program" at the University of British Columbia (UBC), where I served as an undergraduate research assistant.

Following my graduation from Ferdowsi University's Veterinary School, I embarked on a career as a veterinarian and dairy advisor at a dairy research and extension company. Here, I consulted with dairy producers on a wide range of animal health and welfare aspects, such as lameness, hoof health, gait scoring, heat stress, milk quality improvement, and housing management. It was during this period that I recognized the importance of expanding my expertise in dairy cow welfare and lameness.

In the fall of 2021, I joined the esteemed Cowlife Lab as a master's student. My research project focused on assessing the impact of providing outdoor access to cows in restricted movement environments at different frequencies (1 and 3 days per week) on their gait and hoof health. Now that I have completed my master's degree, I am thrilled to continue my collaboration with Elsa and the Cowlife Lab in the capacity of a research assistant.

My enthusiasm for supporting and mentoring new students while deepening my understanding of various facets of cow welfare fuels my commitment to this role. I look forward to contributing to the field and facilitating the growth of future researchers in the pursuit of improving the lives of dairy cows

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