Department: Production and Population Health
Liane is a PhD student working in the Centre for Animal Welfare. The focus of her research is quality of life assessment in equids.
Liane graduated from Hartpury College in 2003 with a BSc (Hons) in Equine Science. Upon completion of her degree, she entered the field of equine insurance working for PetPlan and later Amlin Plus, a specialist bloodstock insurance company. In 2007, Liane began working for welfare charity The Horse Trust as their Welfare and Education Officer. During this time, she also completed a part-time MSc in Equine Science at Writtle College. The title of her MSc thesis was The Use of Animal-Based Welfare Indicators for the Assessment of Equine Welfare. Liane began a part-time PhD at the Royal Veterinary College in October 2009 under the supervision of Dr Charlotte Burn, Dr Siobhan Abeyesinghe and Professor Christopher Wathes. The project is co-funded by The Horse Trust and the Royal Veterinary College.
Liane’s research focuses on quality of life in equids and the development of a welfare assessment protocol that incorporates both positive and negative welfare states. Under the Equine Health and Welfare Strategy for Great Britain, welfare organisations and veterinary surgeons have identified the need for a standardised method for welfare measurement. It is hoped that the production of a welfare assessment protocol will improve our knowledge of what a good quality of life is from the horse or donkey’s perspective and enable veterinary surgeons and welfare organisations to assess welfare more objectively.
Welfare is about more than physical health, so we develop and test welfare assessment protocols to facilitate appropriate treatment and prioritisation of equine welfare issues. Our research has covered horses in England, including geriatric and rescue horses, as well as donkeys and mules in developing countries.