Camie Heleski received her PhD in Animal Science with an emphasis in equine behavior and welfare; her MSc was also in Animal Science, with an emphasis in equine nutrition and exercise physiology. She has worked at Michigan State University since 1991 as Coordinator of their two-year Horse Management Program. Her appointment at MSU is 100% teaching and advising. Her applied research interests have revolved around equine behaviour and welfare, horse–human interactions and working equids in developing parts of the world. She has been actively involved with the International Society for Equitation Science as a Council member since 2007. She served as the Scientific Chair for the NFACC Canadian Equine Welfare Code Committee, and has travelled to Brazil, Mexico, Honduras and Mali in relation to her research/outreach with working equids. Dr Heleski grew up on a horse farm where she and her family raised, trained and showed horses. She enjoys riding her Arabian gelding, MSU Ducati, in the discipline of dressage.