Carissa Wickens MS »

Carissa Wickens is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Animal Behavior and Welfare. Her area of research is behavioral abnormalities in horses. Carissa started with the ABWG group at MSU in late May 2004 and has been assisting with the development of an online Animal Welfare Assessment Course under a Higher Education Challenge Grant. Carissa received a Master's degree in Animal Science from Michigan State University in August 2003. Her Master's Thesis focused on the protein nutrition of the exercising horse. During the Master's program, she also assisted with swine protein and amino acid nutrition studies and with teaching ANS 141-Draft Horse Basics and ANS 413 - Non-Ruminant Nutrition. Carissa completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science with a Specialization in Agribusiness at Michigan State (May 2001). Carissa spent the 2003-2004 academic year in Alabama at Auburn University working under the direction of Dr. Cindy McCall. She assisted with equine behavior and nutrition research there and with teaching Horse Management, Horse Production and Introductory Animal Science courses. Carissa and her husband Edward are both from Michigan, and currently reside in Williamston.

 

» RESEARCH AREAS
Assessment of animal welfare...
Developing protocols to assess the processes by which humans develop their attitudes toward animal welfare issues; developing a novel concept to be used ...

» WELFARE JUDGING COMPETION
We have developed a model to increase education of animal welfare issues based on a traditional curriculum feature within animal science departments: judging teams ...
» EQWIS-ACTION
Equine Welfare Intervention
Strategy. is a ten-day intervention strategy designed to investigate the welfare of working horses, to develop realistic solutions to critical welfare issues facing these ...