Department: Clinical Science and Services
Research Centres: RVC Animal Welfare Science and Ethics
Megan is a PhD student in the Animal Welfare Science and Ethics group. The PhD is funded by the Dogs Trust and is supervised by Dr. Rachel Casey and Dr. Siobhan Abeyesinghe. Megan's research is focussed on investigating dog behaviour and communication.
Megan graduated from the University of Sheffield with a first class bachelors degree in Zoology in 2013. Following this, she undertook a masters degree in Animal Behaviour at the University of Exeter, graduating with Merit in 2014.
During Megan's summers at university she volunteered abroad in Europe, spending two summers on a husky farm in Finnish Lapland and also spending a month at a dog hotel in Switzerland and a month at a wildlife park in Ireland.
Megan then worked with dogs at an RSPCA rehoming shelter for two years before embarking on a PhD at the Royal Veterinary College.
Megan is involved with the groundbreaking 'Generation Pup' study which follows the health, welfare and behaviour of puppies over the course of their lives through a series of questionnaires.
Megan is particularly interested in gleaning information from the study about how dogs communicate with each other and investigating potential risk factors for the development of dog-dog aggression.
Complimenting the Generation Pup questionnaires, Megan will be looking in detail at the development of dog communication and investigating how dogs 'learn to speak dog'. This will be done by studying the sequences of behaviour that dogs display when first meeting. Megan will be looking for volunteer puppies for this project very soon!