Dr. Courtney Daigle is an Assistant Professor of Animal Welfare and heads the Animal Behavior and Welfare Laboratory in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University. She received a Bachelor of Science in Zoology in 2004 from Oklahoma State University. She worked in the zoo industry for several years before continuing her education at Michigan State University where she received a Master of Science in Zoo and Aquarium Management (2008) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Animal Science (2013). During her graduate training, she worked as an intern with the Smithsonian’s Conservation Biology Institute (2008), was a Junior research fellow at Wageningen University (2011), and was the technician for the Animal Behavior and Welfare Laboratory at Michigan State University (2008-2014). She worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Center for Animal Welfare Science and the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at Purdue University as well as with the USDA Livestock Behavior Research Unit in West Lafayette, IN (2014-2015).
Dr. Daigle specializes in evaluating management and husbandry practices to optimize animal health, productivity, and the human-animal interaction. She is currently evaluating the impact of exercise in feedlot cattle and is using cattle as a model to develop quantifiable metrics of animal welfare. The Daigle Lab specializes in technology validation, animal welfare assessment protocol validation, and animal handling.