Student Representative (2020-2022)
Rachel Park is currently pursuing her PhD under the supervision of Dr. Monique Pairis-Garcia at North Carolina State University in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Rachel is interested in the piglet pain experience and alternatives to painful procedures that will reduce or eliminate pain on farm. Specifically, she is working on validating behavioral metrics to indicate their ability to quantify pain experienced by piglets during husbandry procedures shortly after birth.
Prior to moving to North Carolina, Rachel completed her BSc 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. From there, she earned her Master of Science in Animal Science from Texas A&M University. Her thesis project examined the impact of environmental enrichment on feedlot cattle behavior, productivity and physiology.
In addition to her commitments at the University, Rachel serves as a third party auditor for Certified Humane, a national non-profit organization created to improve the lives of farm animals by conducting inspections on-farm, and evaluates laying hen operations.
Serving as an ISAE student representative has always been a dream of Rachel’s and she looks forward to helping students and professionals create meaningful connections in the years to come!