Graduate Research Associate, North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Comparative Behavioral Research Group
Rachel Park is a graduate research associate pursuing her doctoral degree in the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University. Under the supervision of Dr. Margaret Gruen, Dr. Kenneth Royal and Dr. Duncan Lascelles, Rachel is investigating whether different breeds of dogs have different sensitivity thresholds, as well as the perception and understanding of pain in veterinary medicine.
Prior to beginning her studies in North Carolina, Rachel received a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in human-animal interactions at the Ohio State University, where she contributed to a variety of welfare-focused projects across species, including dairy cattle, broilers, sheep and swine. She subsequently received a master’s degree in animal science from Texas A&M University. Her master’s thesis examined the impact of environmental enrichment on feedlot cattle behavior, productivity and physiology.