Centre for Behaviour and Evolution

Animal Welfare

Animal Welfare

Overview

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.

Laboratory animals

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.

Farm animals

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.

Educational materials

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.

Staff

The following members of staff work within the Animal Welfare research theme.

Professor Melissa Bateson
Professor of Ethology

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5056

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8502

Dr Catherine Douglas
Lecturer and Degree Programme Director Animal Science

Email:
Telephone: 0191 208 6870


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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6715

Dr Jonathan Guy
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6901

Dr Katherine Herborn
Research Associate

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Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5494

Dr Amy Miller
Senior Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5708

Professor Christopher Petkov
Professor in Comparative Neuropsychology

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3467

Coline Poirier
Newcastle University Research Fellow

Email:
Telephone: 0191 208 8642

Dr Johnny Roughan
Staff Scientist

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3612

Professor Candy Rowe
Prof of Animal Behaviour & Cognition

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8671

Dr Tom Smulders
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5790