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Dr Joanna Hockenhull

Biography

I was awarded my BSc (hons) in Zoology from the University of Reading in 2000. My dissertation project explored the role of UV in avoidance learning in domestic chicks. I then went on to complete an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour Science at the University of Edinburgh, graduating in 2002. My masters project, entitled temperament assessment in Icelandic horses and Shetland ponies: does breed influence behaviour? was supervised by Professor Natalie Waran. I joined the University of Liverpool (based at the University of Chester) in 2003 to study part time for my PhD investigating the epidemiology of behaviour problems and risk factors for poor welfare in UK leisure horses. I was later able to convert to full time study after being awarded a student stipend from Bransby Home of Rest for Horses. Since completing my PhD in 2010 I have worked as a research assistant at the University of Chester and the University of Bristol, where I joined the Animal Welfare and Behaviour Group in 2011.