An innovative approach to assessing animal emotional states which underpin animal welfare. Although we often consider facial expression the best indicator of emotion, humans convey information about their personalities and emotional states in their body posture and movements. Do animals do the same and can we objectively measure emotion in this way?
There is increasing interest in assessment of mental well-being in animals mirroring current interest areas and research in humans. This theme addresses underlining emotional states in animals and where possible, aims to find neural explanations for these.
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.
People: Madeleine Campbell
Madeline Campbell is leading projects on an ethicolegal review of the Dangerous Dogs Act and study looking into ethical aspects of the role of veterinary surgeons and veterinary organisations in addressing brachycephalia in companion animals
People: Madeleine Campbell
Public concern about welfare issues relating to the use of animals in sport – particularly horse and greyhound racing – has increased in recent years. This area of research investigates whether there is an ethical alternative to abolishing the use of animals in sport.
Our group is utilising various advances in technology, machine learning and our knowledge of animal behaviour to further improve welfare assessments for a wide range of species.
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.
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.
Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) systems or as they were previously called “Integrated Management Systems” aim to manage livestock farming by continuous automated real time monitoring/controlling of production/reproduction, health and welfare of livestock and environmental impact (after Prof. Daniel Berckmans, KU Leuven, Belgium).
We run various projects on wild animals, ranging from great apes to sunbears. These include projects that form part of the MScs in Wild Animal Biology and Health. Our work also includes looking into ways wildlife is managed and control, including the asking questions on the the humaneness of different culling methods for 'pests'.