The welfare of all animals, but particularly those in laboratories and on farms, is a matter of great public concern.
Newcastle University is internationally recognised for its strength in animal welfare research.
Research into the behaviour of captive animals has an important role to play in welfare assessment and improvement.
We're also developing a framework for the understanding and assessment of emotion in animals. This is essential if welfare is to be assessed objectively.
Our members have been active in researching and promoting the highest possible standards of welfare for laboratory animals. We collaborate with the Pain and Animal Welfare Sciences group.
Our work with farm animals is of economic and ethical significance. Poor welfare can result in increased mortality and reduced productivity and meat quality. Our researchers are involved with a number of projects that benefit from use of the university's two farms: Cockle Park and Nafferton.
As well as scientific publications, we've produced a range of educational materials. For more details please visit our website, Assessing Health and Welfare of Laboratory Animals.
The following members of staff work within the Animal Welfare research theme.
Professor Melissa Bateson
Professor of Ethology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5056
Dr Catherine Douglas
Lecturer and Degree Programme Director Animal Science
Telephone: 0191 208 6870
Emerita Professor Sandra Edwards
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8350
Emeritus Professor Paul Flecknell
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6715
Professor Christopher Petkov
Professor in Comparative Neuropsychology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3467
Newcastle University Research Fellow
Telephone: 0191 208 8642
Professor Candy Rowe
Prof of Animal Behaviour & Cognition
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8671