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Organization profile

Organisation profile

Research in Animal Welfare and Behaviour spans fundamental studies of cognition and emotion, through validation of animal welfare assessment methodologies, identifying and quantifying welfare problems and their causes in farm, laboratory, companion and working animals, to implementing research based solutions in the ‘real world’. This unique integrated approach is achieved by collaborations between senior principle investigators with expertise in different areas, including fundamental behaviour, cognition, emotion; companion animal behaviour; welfare on farm and implementation of welfare solutions; and statistical and mathematical approaches.

The group collaborates extensively with others outside of the School, and AWB research is firmly embedded within the University Research Centre for Behavioural Biology (an interdisciplinary venture between biological sciences, mathematics and veterinary sciences).

Some of the group’s major achievements include:

  • Establishing the quantitative relationship between the two main animal welfare assessment methodologies, including the first ever validation of welfare indicators against animal choice.
  • Mathematically modelling social interactions to provide a theoretical framework on which to build an understanding of dyadic and group social behaviour. 
  • Effectively implementing scientific findings through legislation, assured standards and knowledge transfer to improve animal welfare in the UK, Europe and developing countries.

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    Research Output

    A Large-Scale Replication of the Effectiveness of the KiVa Antibullying Program: A Randomized Controlled Trial in the Netherlands

    Huitsing, G., Lodder, G. M. A., Browne, W. J., Oldenburg, B., Van der Ploeg, R. & Veenstra, R., 13 Feb 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Prevention Science.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • A lesson in standardisation -subtle aspects of the processing of samples can greatly affect dogs' learning: subtle aspects of the processing of samples can greatly affect dogs' learning

    Guest, C., Harris, R., Anjum, I., Concha, A. & Rooney, N. J., 8 Jul 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Frontiers in Veterinary Science.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Analgesia in pet rabbits: A survey study on how pain is assessed and ameliorated by veterinary surgeons

    Benato, L., Murrell, J. C., Blackwell, E. J., Saunders, R. & Rooney, N., 17 Apr 2020, In : Veterinary Record. 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

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    Projects

    Is flight important to the welfare of captive birds?

    Mellor, E. L., Cuthill, I. C., Mendl, M. T., Mason, G. & van Zeeland, Y.

    1/12/191/06/21

    Project: Research

  • The Bristol Cats Study

    Murray, J. K., Gruffydd-Jones, T. J. & Casey, R. A.

    1/06/10 → …

    Project: Research

    Student theses

    A prospective cohort study of foot temperature and claw horn disruption lesions in non-lame dairy cows.

    Author: Edwards, R., 19 Mar 2019

    Supervisor: Whay, B. (Supervisor) & van Klink, E. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Science (MSc)

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    Cognitive bias as an indicator of emotional states in animals

    Author: Parker, R. M. A., 2008

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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    Data-driven housing designs to improve bone health and welfare in laying hens

    Author: Mackie, N., 28 Nov 2019

    Supervisor: Tarlton, J. (Supervisor), Buijs, S. (Supervisor) & Toscano, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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    Prizes

    Astra Zeneca 2015 CEO Awards - Exceptional Delivery

    Knowles, Toby G (Recipient), 25 Feb 2015

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • BSAS/RSPCA Award for Innovative Developments in Animal Welfare

    Mendl, Michael T (Recipient), 14 Apr 2015

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

    Activities

    Points West feature on Bristol Cats

    Emily-Jayne Blackwell (Speaker)

    22 May 2019

    Activity: Other activity typesMedia coverage or participation

    BBC Radio Bristol

    Emily-Jayne Blackwell (Speaker)

    22 May 2019

    Activity: Other activity typesMedia coverage or participation

    Radio Five Live

    Emily-Jayne Blackwell (Speaker)

    18 Feb 2019

    Activity: Other activity typesMedia coverage or participation