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Vivian Arguelles Gonzalez

PhD Candidate - Natural Resource Sciences, McGill University

I am a veterinarian from Mexico and a PhD student at McGill University researching sustainability transitions in the livestock sector.
I graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 2015 and hold a a Master in Applied Animal Behavior and Welfare from the University of Edinburgh. For 3 years, I worked as an Animal Welfare Specialist, helping food companies, retailers, financial institutions and producers in Latin America and Asia transition to better welfare systems and practices for farm animals. I was also a lecturer of animal Welfare at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of UNAM for 2 years before moving to Canada.
In 2020, I started a PhD in Natural Resource Sciences at McGill University. Through a series of case studies of adoption and dissemination of agroecological practices in beef and dairy value chains, I assess the role of institutional entrepreneurship in the transition to more sustainable livestock systems in Mexico.


  • –present
    PhD Candidate - Natural Resource Sciences, McGill University


  • 2017 
    University of Edinburgh, MSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare
  • 2015 
    National Autonomous University of Mexico, BSc Veterinary Medicine