Animal Welfare

The welfare of all animals, but particularly those in laboratories and on farms, is a matter of great public concern. Research into the behaviour of captive animals has an important role to play in welfare assessment and improvement, and is an area in which Newcastle has internationally recognised strengths.

CBE members have been active in researching and promoting the highest possible standards of welfare for laboratory animals, and collaborate with the Pain and Animal Welfare Sciences group. As well as scientific publications, they have produced a range of educational materials. For more details please visit:

Other CBE projects include developing a general framework for the understanding and assessment of emotion in animals. This is essential if welfare is to be assessed objectively.

Centre members have also been active in improving the welfare of farm animals. This is of economic as well as ethical significance, because poor welfare can result in increased mortality, and reduced productivity and meat quality.

Staff Profiles

Animal Welfare

Professor Melissa Bateson
Professor of Ethology

Dr Timothy Boswell

Dr Emma Creighton
Programme Director for MSc Applied Animal Behaviour & Welfare

Professor Sandra Edwards
Professor of Agriculture

Professor Paul Flecknell

Dr Jonathan Guy
Senior Lecturer

Dr Matthew Leach

Professor Christopher Petkov
Professor in Comparative Neuropsychology

Dr Claire Richardson
NC3Rs David Sainsbury Fellow

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Dr Johnny Roughan
Staff Scientist

Professor Candy Rowe
Prof of Animal Behaviour & Cognition

Dr Tom Smulders
Senior Lecturer