We currently have a number of different projects investigating the welfare of a range of species during stunning, slaughter (with and without stunning) & euthanasia.
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?
Mark Turner has now successfully completed his MRes project looking into 'Veterinary Patient Safety'. This is was led by Dr. Martin Whiting. 09/17
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.
Interpreting any animal's emotion correctly is key to safeguarding its welfare - and sometimes even our own welfare. Dogs are renowned for their 'human-like' expressiveness, but science can reveal which of their behavioural signals reliably discriminate between emotions such as anxiety versus pleasure, and which ones may be misleading.
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'.
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.
This project aims to determine the role of the veterinary professional in detection and education of the DURC in both the UK and in Jordan as key case examples.
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.
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.