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'.
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.
People: Madeleine Campbell
A three-year Wellcome trust funded fellowship investigating bioethical decision making surrounding the use of assisted reproductive techniques in nonhuman mammals.
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.
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.
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.