Abbie completed her BSc in Animal Biology at the University of Guelph in 2013. The following year, she worked with Dr. Patricia Turner as a research assistant and discovered a passion for research in the animal welfare field. She also fell in love with piglets, a species she had very little experience with before taking this research position. In September 2014, she started an MSc in Pathobiology under the advisement of Dr. Turner and has since transferred into a PhD program (May 2015). Her research focuses on piglet pain behaviours and facial grimacing after undergoing surgical castration and tail docking. She is exploring the use of analgesics and topical anesthetics provided pre-emptively to mitigate pain. Abbie anticipates the results of her research will provide producers with appropriate recommendations to improve piglet welfare.