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Human-animal interactions and companion animal welfare

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We aim to increase understanding of human factors influencing animal welfare and behaviour.

Animal welfare science only makes sense within the context of human societies. Domestic animals are manipulated genetically, developmentally and environmentally by human activities, and those activities are profoundly influenced both directly and indirectly (e.g. through economic pressures) by human attitudes, knowledge, and related factors.

What are we doing at the moment ?
 We have several staff with established reputations in this general area. Much of the work is novel, includes the development of new techniques, and ranges across many of the same species and contexts being addressed by the Group as a whole (e.g. contributions of attitudes and perceptions to companion animal behaviour problems, farmers’ attitudes towards lameness in cattle and tail-biting in pigs, attitudes among veterinary surgeons). It benefits considerably from interaction with the Group’s other activities, which allow it to identify areas in which attitude and related research can have most relevance and impact.

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Professor William Browne
Director - Centre for Multilevel Modelling