Tara is finishing her MSc in animal behaviour and welfare, looking at maternal care in ranched mink. Her goal is to determine a character trait in mink considered "bad mothers" so that farmers can select against this trait before young are lost. Tara began her journey into animal behaviour and welfare during her undergraduate studies here at the University of Guelph, where she completed her BSc. Agr. in animal science. She joined the Mason Lab in a hope to incorporate her love of animal behaviour and passion for genetics, however soon found her path changing. Once her eyes were opened to the field of animal welfare, she couldn't look back. Tara plans to pursue a career in animal welfare, focusing on both livestock and companion animals. Her MSc. is funded by the HQP program by OMAFRA.