João HC Costa, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky

João HC Costa, centre, with Professors Nina von Keyserlingk and Dan Weary.

Congratulations to LFS alum João Henrique Cardoso Costa, who has recently been appointed Assistant Professor of Dairy Research and Training, with the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at the University of Kentucky.

João joined the Animal Welfare Program at UBC in 2012 as a Ph.D. student, and graduated in 2015. Since then, he has continued at the Faculty as a Post-Doctoral Fellow under the supervision of Professors Dan Weary and Nina von Keyserlingk.

Tell us about your research.

My research is focused on animal welfare and applied animal behavior, especially in dairy cows and calves. During my Ph.D., I focused on understanding the development of feeding behaviour and nutrition of calves and how to raise calves in groups successfully.

Your studies and now your career have taken you far from your home. Can you tell us about your decision to come to UBC?

I did my undergraduate and master degree at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, in southern Brazil.

UBC is a leading institution in research and the Animal Welfare Program at the Faculty of Land and Food Systems gave me the opportunity to participate in world-class research in my area of interest. Also, the access to the Dairy Centre in Agassiz, is one of the best dairy research centres in the world – it was a huge factor in my decision to come here.

What does the next step at the University of Kentucky look like?

My career objective is to join the dairy program at the University of Kentucky and be part of the great group that is there. I hope to contribute to creating a research and extension program, with emphasis on applied animal behaviour and nutrition related to animal welfare and sustainability concerns, and to create an inspirational learning environment that motivates graduate and undergraduate students to learn about sustainable animal production systems.

Best of luck, João!

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