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Kerry Houlahan

Position/Title: Ph.D. student
Office: ANNU 103

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I am a PhD student in the Centre for Genetic Improvement of Livestock under the advisement of Dr. Christine Baes and Dr. Flavio Schenkel. The main focus of my work is on improving breeding strategies for dairy cattle through modeling and simulating various breeding programs. 

Growing up in rural Eastern Ontario, I had a passion for animals and agriculture from a young age. My love of horses took me through Ontario and Québec, training and competing in dressage up to the FEI Prix St. George. Through this training I had countless opportunities to learn about all aspects of the equine industry. In 2016, I completed my B.Sc. in Agriculture where I focused on Animal Sciences at the University of Guelph. My interest in dairy cattle was sparked during my bachelor’s degree, when I had the opportunity to work for Dr. Bonnie Mallard, learning about High Immune Response Technology. 

Upon graduation, I began my M.Sc. under the supervision of Dr. Christine Baes and Dr. Filippo Miglior where the focus of my project was to assess the effects of including feed intake and feed efficiency into a selection index for Canadian dairy cattle, which I completed in 2018.