Wild Animal Welfare

People: Charlotte Burn, Siobhan Abeyesinghe, Troy Gibson, Maria Diez Leon

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'.

Perception, cognition and social behaviour in chickens

People: Siobhan Abeyesinghe

Chickens are the world's most numerous captive species. This body of research aims to understand the - often complex - cognitive and perceptual abilities of chickens and learn more about their social lives by effectively asking them questions . This is crucial to discovering how husbandry and management can impact on chicken welfare as well as informing legislation and societal acceptability of welfare standards. 

Pet Rabbit Welfare

People: Charlotte Burn

Rabbits are the third most popular pet in the UK, yet they are classed as 'exotic' animals in veterinary medicine, and their welfare is little researched. PDSA reports highlight numerous welfare problems, including that two thirds of rabbits are housed alone, despite being social animals. This new research area investigates rabbit social needs and aims to refine the way they are kept and bred.

Ethics of evidence based veterinary medicine

People: Madeleine Campbell, David Mills, Adrian Boswood

Evidence based veterinary medicine (EBVM) has the potential to make a significant contribution to improvements in veterinary and human health. However, unless they are addressed, hitherto under-explored ethical and societal dimensions to EBVM will limit this contribution. Madeleine Campbell and David Mills are working to elucidate such ethical and societal issues, and propose possible solutions to them.

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