Centre for Behaviour and Evolution

Animal Welfare

Animal Welfare


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.


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 Timothy Boswell
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8502

Dr Catherine Douglas
Lecturer and Degree Programme Director Animal Science

Telephone: 0191 208 6870


Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6715

Dr Jonathan Guy
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6901

Dr Matthew Leach
Director of the CBC

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6725

Dr Amy Miller
Senior Research Associate


Dr Colline Poirier
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: 0191 208 8210

Dr Johnny Roughan
Staff Scientist

Professor Candy Rowe
Professor of Animal Behaviour and Cognition, Dean of Research Culture and Strategy

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8671

Dr Tom Smulders
Director of Education and Reader in Evolutionary Neuroscience

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5790