• Easter Bush, Roslin Institute Building

    EH25 9RG Midlothian

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

1993 …2022

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Research interests

My main areas of research involve using animal behaviour and other indicators to assess and understand animal welfare. More specifically my research interests are:

  • Welfare assessment measures in cattle: this research involves finding reliable and practical methods for assessing welfare in on-farm conditions
  • The use of precision livestock farming techiques to assess health and welfare
  • Personality/behavioural traits in dairy and beef cattle: involved in a number of projects characterising personality or behavioural traits in cattle, the genetic basis for these traits and how they relate to health and welfare
  • Effect of housing and management on the welfare of dairy cattle and calves
  • Cognition and emotion: investigation of emotional expression of animals and recognition of those states by other animals

Projects

Current projects:

  • ISCF TFP science and technology into practice: feasibility studies . (2020-2022; £225K).: Identifying best sensor technologies to deliver verifiable health & welfare, environment and processing quality benefits for dairy production. Led by Richard Dewhurst
  • Greenanimo: National Programme 'European Scientific Networks' (2020-2023).
  • Zoetis Europe Ltd.: Developing a Health-related Quality of Life Tools for bovine respiratory disease. £149K (2020-2022).
  • RESAS A3.5 Practical solutions to difficult welfare problems 2022-27
  • InnovateUK: D-FLOWS (D-Flows: Data for Livestock Optimisations for Wiser Supply Chains). £750K (2021-2023).
  • Defra: Animal Health and Welfare, Productivity and Sustainability Impacts of Housed Cattle, 2022-2023 £60K

Supervision

PhD studentship (2018-2023): The effect of maternal care on the neurobiological, emotional and cognitive development of lambs

PhD studentship (2019-2023): Welfare assessment of salmon within aquaculture in Scotland

PhD studentship (2020-2024): Novel approaches to improving calf health: new technology and data analytics

PhD studentship (2021-2025): Using behaviour and technologies to detect early signs of disease in calves and laying hens

PhD studentship (2022-2026): Methods to assess canine mobility

Education/Academic qualification

The University of Melbourne

1 Mar 19881 Mar 1992

Award Date: 5 May 1992

Massey University

2 Feb 19829 May 1986

Award Date: 9 May 1986

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