Anastasia Stellato, an expert in companion animal behavior and welfare, has been named an assistant professor in Texas Tech University's Department of Animal and Food Sciences. The Canadian native indicated that her research program broadly focuses on promoting the health and welfare of companion animals through improving human-animal interactions within various applied environments, such as shelter and veterinary environments. Her major focus is to identify ways to improve human-animal interactions through evaluating animal welfare indicators, human-animal bond, and mental wellness of humans.
One of her primary goals at Tech is to develop an interdisciplinary and collaborative research program that develops practical and critical solutions to improving our interactions with companion animals. Further, through her teaching, she aims to cultivate a supportive and welcoming environment that encourages group discussion and critical thinking as well as offer the foundational skills necessary to achieve post-grad success. Her bachelor's degree in conservation biology is from the University of Toronto-St. George, and her master's degree in animal behavior and welfare is from University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College. Her doctorate in epidemiology is from the University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College.