Centre for Behaviour and Evolution

Staff Profile

Dr Amy Miller

Senior Research Associate



2014: Associate Fellow Higher Education Academy

2009: PhD 'Detection and alleviation of pain an distress in laboratory rodent' Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University

2006: Home Office Module 4

2006: BSc (hons) Pharmacology, Newcastle University

2005: Home Office Modules 1-3

2016- 2019:  COST Action 'Synergy for preventing damaging behaviour in group housed pigs and chickens' management committee member

2016- 2017: AFRD School Postgraduate Research Committee

2020 - present:  Associate Editor: BMC Veterinary Research


PhD supervision - Ivone Camps Luna (2015-2019)


PED3007 - Drug Discovery and Development

BIO2013 - Animal Behaviour (module leader)

BIO3073 - Current Zoology


MMB8012 - Applying the 3Rs to in-vivo experimental techniques

ACE8102 - Experimental Design and statistics for animal based research

Continuing professional development courses

Home Office PPL training module – experimental design and statistics

Pain and distress in laboratory animals workshop – course tutor



 My PhD was concerned with the detection and alleviation of pain and distress in laboratory rodents, predominately focussing on post-operative pain. I used manual and automated behavioural scoring methods alongside nociceptive and anxiety testing methods in order to gain knowledge of the pain and distress surgery may cause to laboratory rodents.  The overall objective of this project was in order to identify suitable analgesic regimes to employ for rodents undergoing surgical procedures thus improving the welfare of rodents used in various aspects of medical research.

Previous work focused on determining if mice used in cancer research experience pain, and if so, to determine when this occurs and its severity. Using automated behaviour analysis alongside conditioned place preference and nociceptive testing we hope to identify specifically when pain does present in order to refine end points for studies and improve welfare.

I was also involved in a large project investigating early detection of health and welfare challenges in commercial pigs.

Current work focuses on improving analgesic regimes for laboratory mice, to improve both welfare and the quality of scientific data produced from mouse models.