Infrared thermography in the study of animal emotions, physiology and health

Date: 06/09/2018

The Roslin Institute, Edinburgh


Organised by Helena Telkanranta (University of Bristol), Marianne Farish (SRUC) and Malcolm Mitchell (SRUC).

Key Information


Registration is not yet open for this event. Further details will be circulated in our newsletter, once they are available.

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Workshop Aims


The aim of this workshop is to provide the participants with the knowledge needed to plan accurate thermographic studies and to avoid common pitfalls.

The talks and discussion will cover topics such as planning for accurate thermal imaging and data extraction; understanding of the various and simultaneous physiological processes affecting the results; use of thermography in various fields of animal welfare science; and prospects for developing welfare assessment methods for the future, with selected success stories from parallel fields of research serving as examples of how to plan pathways to practical applications. The full list of speakers will be announced soon.

The day will also include practical on-farm demonstrations with cattle and pigs. As an animal health precaution regarding the practical session on the farm, please be advised that no clothing worn on any other farm can be worn there, and anyone entering the pig unit has to have been out of contact with pigs for at least 72 hours. The practical session will provide the participants with the rare opportunity to get familiar with a range of different thermal cameras under expert supervision.