Ariane Veit, MSc


Curriculum Vitae

Ariane Veit earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Germany. Her Bachelor’s thesis investigated the relation of a side bias to paw preference in Australian Dingoes (Canis lupus dingo). Before completing her studies, she visited the Konrad-Lorenz-Research Station for Ethology in Grünau (University of Vienna, Austria) to investigate a social network of free-flying jackdaws (Corvus monedula) during the time of raising offspring in an 8-weeks internship.

In 2013, Ariane began the Master’s program „Behaviour, Neurobiology and Cognition“ at the University of Vienna. During her Master’s thesis she investigated the ability of domestic pigs (Sus scrofa domesticus) to learn from others through observation, at the Haidlhof Research Station, close to Bad Vöslau, Austria.

Since 2015, Ariane was employed as Research Assistant at the Messerli Free-ranging Pig Project 2. Furthermore, during January 2017 and March 2018, she was employed as Pig Lab Manager, substituting Marianne Wondrak during her maternity leave. Since April 2018, Ariane additionally worked as Animal Trainer for the Department of Cognitive Biology, University of Vienna, during which she hand-raised and trained ravens (Corvus corax) at the Corvid Lab of the Haidlhof Research Station.

Since March 2019, within her PhD project, funded by the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), Ariane investigates effects of several individual but also species-specific factors on the ability of domestic pigs to learn from others. In particular, she focusses on effects of personality traits and the position of individuals within a social network and effects of different sensory modalities (visual, olfactory, and auditory) on information acquisition.


Main Fields of Research

Social Learning Mechanisms

Effects of personality traits on cognitive abilities

Social Network Analyses


Research Project

  • Social learning in free-ranging domestic pigs – exploring the roles of different sensory modalities and the identities of observers and demonstrators



Wondrak, M.; Conzelmann, E.; Veit, A.; Huber, L. (2018) Pigs (Sus scrofa domesticus) categorize pictures of human heads. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 205; 19-27

Veit, A.; Wondrak, M.; Huber, L. (2017) Object movement re-enactment in free ranging Kune Kune piglets. Animal Behaviour 132; 49-59





Ariane Veit MSc.
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