Department: Pathobiology and Population Sciences
Research Centres: RVC Animal Welfare Science and Ethics
Natalie is the Assistant Animal Welfare Scientist within the department of Pathobiology & Population Sciences at the RVC, working primarily with the Animal Welfare Science and Ethics team (AWSE). Natalie has expertise in behavioural data collection, animal handling, laboratory techniques and teaching.
Natalie has a BSc degree from Cardiff university in Bioscience (Zoology) Hons, which she recieved in 2011. After various volunteer positions at her local wildlife park and boarding kennels Natalie started her role at the RVC in January 2012.
As a memeber of the AWSE group Natalie has assited in a large variety or research projects:
Johnson KF, Chancellor N, Burn CC, Wathes DC. (2017). Prospective cohort study to assess rates of contagious disease in pre-weaned UK dairy heifers: management practices, passive transfer of immunity and associated calf health. Veterinary Record Open 2017;4:e000226. doi:10.1136/ vetreco-2017-000226
Johnson KF, Chancellor N, Burn CC, Wathes DC. (2017). Analysis of pre-weaning feeding policies and other commercial rick factors influencing growth rates in calves on 11 commercial dairy farms. Animal. 2017 Nov 23:1-11. doi: 10.1017/S1751731117003160
Gibson TJ, Rebelo CB, Gowers TA, Chancellor NM. (2017) Electroencephalographic assessment of concussive non-penetrative captive bolt stunning of turkeys. https://doi.org/10.1080/00071668.2017.1401215
Gibson, T. J., Whitehead, C., Taylor, R., Sykes, O., Chancellor, N. M., & Limon, G. (2015). Pathophysiology of penetrating captive bolt stunning in Alpacas (Vicugna pacos). Meat science, 100, 227-231. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.meatsci.2014.10.022
Gibson, T.J., Bedford, E.M., Chancellor, N., and Limon, G. (2015). Pathophysiology of free-bullet slaughter of horses and ponies.Meat Science. 108, 120-124. doi:10.1016/j.meatsci.2015.06.007
Natalie teaches in the annual animal handling classes for all the first year vets student, focusing mainly on the pig handling classes carried out at Boltons Park Farm. Natalie has also taught on the Animal Bevhaviour and Welfare 3rd year module on topics including Pig and Cattle Welfare.
This suite of research has the welfare of dairy calves and cows as its focus. It aims to generate practical recommendations to improve cow and calf husbandry and welfare assessment.
Extreme body shapes can cause debilitating conditions, from breathing difficulties to agonising slipped discs, and from irritated wrinkly skin to eye ulcers. Our research highlights the need for breeding strategies that safeguard the welfare of these companion animals.
We aim to refine the way that animals are used in research. Our projects focus on humane husbandry: how best to identification-mark mice, how frequently to clean rat cages, and how to minimise harmful effects from strong odours in the lab, given rodents' extremely well developed olfactory senses.
We currently have a number of different projects investigating the welfare of a range of species during stunning, slaughter (with and without stunning) & euthanasia.