Aileen MacLellan

Ph.D. Candidate

I completed a B.Sc. in Animal Biology with a minor in Psychology here at the University of Guelph. I have always been interested in animal behaviour and welfare and found it fascinating learning about how the two were studied. After my undergrad I worked for two years in zoo, then pet food research sectors and realized that I wanted to turn my interest in animal welfare into a career and returned to Guelph to start a coursework M.Sc. I am currently working with Dr. Georgia Mason examining the effects of standard, barren housing on laboratory mice. Specifically, I am looking to determine whether the stress of standard cages causes states consistent with clinical depression in female C57, DBA and BALB mice and whether mice reared in environmentally enriched cages are protected from such effects.