Skip to main content

Dr. Kayley McCubbin

Research Veterinarian
University of Calgary
Dre. Kayley McCubbin
Dre. Kayley McCubbin
Location Born
Location Now
Education Pathway
School Subject

Unlike veterinarians who take care of pets, I do research to help improve the health of dairy cattle.

About me

I was born/grew up in: Halifax, Nova Scotia

I now live in: Canmore, Alberta

I completed my training/education at: 

PhD Candidate – Veterinary Medical Sciences (Ongoing) - University of Calgary, Department of Production Animal Health (Calgary, Alberta)

MSc of One Health (Infectious Diseases) -The Royal Veterinary College & The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (London, England)

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island)

Bachelor of Science, Biology Major - Saint Mary’s University (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

What I do at work

I am the Alberta project manager for the Canadian Dairy Network for Antimicrobial Stewardship and Resistance. This means that I am often on dairy farms. At other times I am organizing work related to this program by collecting samples or dealing with the data once it is collected. I was in charge of initiating the program in Alberta. I also worked to get dairy producers engaged. I spent a lot of time problem solving so we could continue the field work safely during the pandemic.

We coordinate with a team of researchers and fieldworkers across Canada. We meet to discuss the program and share results. I also do a lot of work for One Health at the University of Calgary. This includes teaching and organizing additional educational opportunities for students, young professionals, and the public. I am also finishing my own PhD research. This involves a lot of data analysis and writing to publish my results. I wear many hats in my current role and get to experience a lot of different aspects of academic and public health work.

My career path is

I always knew I wanted to be a veterinarian and help animals. I just did not expect to end up doing what I am doing now in veterinary medicine. I learned early on in vet school that I was interested in things other than clinical medicine. I wanted to continue my education to see where those other opportunities would take me. I have been fortunate enough to have very supportive mentors over the years. These people have helped me get to where I am and understand what work I am interested in doing. This led me to my current position at the University of Calgary. Here I am always adapting to new projects and all the interesting things that pop up.

I am motivated by

I really enjoy making changes that will improve human and animal health. I work with the dairy industry to ensure the animals are healthy, and it continues to be sustainable for producers. I also work with the Public Health Agency of Canada to protect the health of Canadians. I help officials understand what needs to be put in place in the future as the bacteria change.

I get to work on a variety of projects and contribute to lasting changes. I also get to provide educational opportunities to a variety of audiences. I get to teach people about how the health of different species and the environment are connected. By sharing these lessons, I get to help people view the world they live in differently.

How I affect peoples’ lives

I help understand how bacteria respond to antibiotics. This helps us to make sure our antibiotics will remain effective to treat humans and animals in coming years.

Outside of work I

Outside of work, I enjoy skiing, softball, cooking, and going to the park with my dog. I lead a Trainee Chapter for One Health at UCalgary.

My advice to others

Try to volunteer and get experience in the field, to try out many things and see what you enjoy doing.

When I was a student, I enjoyed:
  • Drama
  • Science
  • Math
When I was a student, I would have described myself as someone who:
  • Brought people together
  • Always wanted to be outside
  • Liked helping people
  • Organized activities for my friends
  • Played on a sports team
  • Enjoyed working with my hands
  • Was motivated by success
  • Engaged in volunteer activities
  • Liked reading
  • Felt great satisfaction in getting good grades
  • Learned best “by doing”

Related Topics

Explore Career Profiles

  • Meghana Munipalle outside on summer day in front of tree

    Meghana Munipalle (she/her)

    Graduate Student, Biomedical Engineering

    I am a graduate student working towards my PhD in biological and biomedical engineering.
  • Areej Riaz headshot

    Areej Riaz

    Operations Manager

    I work with individuals and organizations on programs that help address climate change.
  • Tristan Lecompte Headshot

    Tristan Lecompte

    Environmental Program Officer

    I interpret and communicate pollution data collected by the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI).
  • Dr. Bukola Salami with nursing student seated at computer.

    Bukola Salami (she/her)

    Professor, Faculty of Nursing

    I do research with Black communities and teach undergraduate and graduate students.
  • close up of technicians hands showing pipette with blood sample from a container

    Marta V. (she/her)

    Forensic Search Biologist

    I examine evidence from crime scenes for biological material such as blood, semen, or touch DNA.
  • Dr. Paula Littlejohn headshot

    Dr. Paula Littlejohn (she/her)

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    I research problems that affect peoples’ health, specifically in children.
  • Dolcy Meness doing water sampling

    Dolcy Meness

    Nagadjitodjig Aki (Guardian)

    I work as a Guardian for the environment and cultural teachings of my community, Kitigan Zibi.
  • Brock Fenton headshot

    Brock Fenton (he/him)

    Emeritus Professor

    I study bats around the world.
  • Molly Neave holding tray of produce inside growing unit.

    Molly Neave (she/her)

    Horticulture Research Associate

    I grow and research crops in an indoor, vertical farm.
  • Olivia Ivany headshot outside with trees and green field in background

    Olivia Ivany

    Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

    I perform different kinds of ultrasounds on different parts of the body.
  • Winston Campeau headshot

    Winston Campeau

    Researcher - Evolutionary Processes

    I use computer simulations and math to research how animals' behavior changes when their environment changes.
  • Portrait de Kim TallBear

    Kim TallBear (she/her)

    Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience and Society, Faculty of Native Studies

    I teach university and do research on science and technology from an Indigenous perspective.
  • Mahesh Rachamalla in his lab wearing white lab coat

    Mahesh Rachamalla (he/him)

    Graduate Student (Toxicology)

    My research will help find solutions for protecting aquatic species from the effects of heavy metals.
  • Dr. Molly Shoichet headshot

    Molly Shoichet (she/her)

    Professor and Research Team Lead

    I teach undergraduate students in engineering and I lead a research team in biomedical and chemical engineering.
  • Kaitlin Guitard working on site of an aquaculture setting.

    Kaitlin Guitard

    Water Quality Technician

    I monitor the sea water at salmon farms for harmful plankton and jellyfish.
  • Portrait de Devon Hardy

    Devon Hardy (she/her/elle)

    Program Director

    I run a non-profit program that supports environmental sustainability in the arts.
  • Mike Bryan on walkway over fish tank

    Mike Bryan (he/him)

    Hatchery Technician

    I work at a fish hatchery in the aquaculture industry.
  • Megan Coles headshot with blurred buildings and landscape in the background

    Megan Coles

    Pediatric Nurse

    I care for the inpatients admitted to the medical-surgical units at my local children's hospital.
  • Nicole Redvers headshot

    Nicole Redvers (she/her)

    Associate Professor and Director of Planetary Health

    I carry out Indigenous health research and support Indigenous communities and organizations in their health research needs.
  • Portrait de Gabriel Hould Gosselin

    Gabriel Hould Gosselin

    Research Associate

    I support teams that collect data on the melting permafrost layer in the arctic.