School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Animal Sciences

Animal Sciences

We are an internationally recognised centre of excellence in integrative animal science.

Animal Science masthead

Our ethos

We draw on fundamental research and apply it to areas of societal, industrial and policy importance.

Our ethos is to utilise high quality animal science to address challenges facing society, and our research involves a wide range of species including livestock, laboratory and companion animal species.

Our research strategy

Our research extends from the molecular to the whole animal.

The main areas of research are:

  • assessing welfare and improving the wellbeing of animals
  • developing more sustainable livestock systems
  • investigating basic mechanisms underpinning animal function

Our teaching activities

 Our teaching underpins degree programmes in:

Our collaborations

In order to address societal, industrial and policy questions, we have developed a number of successful partnerships to widen our research capacity and better realise the research impact. 

This has included collaborations in:

  • business management
  • food chain and consumer studies
  • food science
  • environmental science
  • engineering
  • computing

Read more about our research under Research Themes and Projects.

Research themes

Our ethos is to utilise high quality animal science to address challenges facing society, under the following five research themes:


Our projects inform policy and practice across livestock farming, but especially in relation to cattle, pigs and poultry.

 Current projects


Our academic staff in the Animal Sciences group deliver teaching across undergraduate and postgraduate taught degree programmes.

Undergraduate degrees

These include BSc degrees in:

Masters degrees 

We also offer Masters programmes, such as the MSc in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security.

The assessment of companion animal welfare is a popular topic for undergraduate research projects in the final year.

Our students utilise the University farms to undertake evaluations of animal welfare.


Staff working within the Animal Science research group include:

Group Leader

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5494




Dr Abdul Chaudhry
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8499

Dr Amy Miller
Senior Research Associate


Dr Mark Booth
Senior Lecturer


Dr Catherine Douglas
Lecturer and Degree Programme Director Animal Science

Telephone: 0191 208 6870

Dr Joao Filipe
Research Associate

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6896

Dr Jonathan Guy
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6901

Dr Lucy Asher
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 191 208 4638

Dr Miguel Velazquez
Lecturer in in Reproductive Physiology

Telephone: +44(0 )191 208 6903

Dr Timothy Boswell
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8502




Louisa Craigs
Animal Research Technician

Telephone: 07939641173

Mark Brett
Animal Research Team Leader

Telephone: 82115

PhD students

Animal Sciences PhD Students

Our facilities

Our research is undertaken using first class facilities that enable us to conduct research from the molecular to the whole animal level. These include:

  • NU Smart Farms - commercially-run farms that provide a platform for cutting edge livestock science under real-life conditions
  • CDIAL – The Centre for Digital Innovation Applied to Livestock comprises state-of-art animal housing and development space to design and test sensors to monitor livestock performance, health and welfare. The Centre forms part of CIEL (Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock based at York, one of Government-funded centres for Agricultural Innovation.
  • CBC – The Comparative Biology Centre on campus which provides facilities for the use of animals in biomedical research. The University uses animals in research only when there are no realistic alternatives.
  • DogBox - a unique mobile research lab created especially for dogs. Based on a parcel van, the mobile lab has been kitted out with thermal and high speed cameras and activity sensors to better understand dog behaviour and dog welfare.
  • Molecular & cellular physiology – we access the latest molecular and cellular laboratory equipment to support such techniques as RNA sequencing and real-time qPCR, microelectrode recordings, patch-clamp and transepithelial transport measurement.