EXAMPLES OF RESEARCH AREAS
Recognizing Pain in Animals: Behaviour and Facial Expressions
Being able to recognize if animals are in pain is essential if we want to treat or prevent pain.
Understanding the significance of play behaviour to animal welfare in the pig
Play behaviour is commonly observed in young mammals.
New Technologies in Animal Welfare Science: Computer Vision
New technology has the potential to advance and automate the early detection of animal welfare problems.
Understanding assessment strategies during aggressive encounters between pigs
Regrouping unfamiliar pigs is a common and unavoidable on-farm practice and results in aggressive behaviour with dominance hierarchies formed through vigorous fighting.
Measuring Emotions in Animals: Using Cognitive Indicators
The accurate measurement of emotional or affective states in animals is a key goal in animal welfare science.
Farmers influence animal welfare
Identifying whether farmers beliefs, attitudes and personality are associated with uptake of new practices to improve animal health and welfare is key to successful knowledge exchange.