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Dr Joanna Hockenhull

Dr Joanna Hockenhull

Dr Joanna Hockenhull
BSc(R'dg), MSc(Edin.), PhD(Liv.)

Senior Research Associate

Area of research

Equine welfare/human-animal interactions

Veterinary General,
Dolberry Building, Langford BS40 5DU
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Summary

I completed my PhD exploring the epidemiology of behaviour problems and risk factors for poor welfare in UK leisure horses at the University of Liverpool (based at the University of Chester) in 2010. I used large-scale internet surveys of UK leisure horse owners to generate horse level data on routine husbandry and the frequency behaviour problems were expressed. Multivariate statistics were then used to investigate relationships between individual behaviour problems and to identify their associated risk factors.

Since my PhD I have worked as a research assistant on a project developing creativity in undergraduate bioscience students (with Dr Lottie Hosie, University of Chester) and am currently working on the Knowledge Exchange umbrella project for the South West Healthy Livestock Initiative (with Dr Gabriela Olmos Antillon, Dr Becky Whay and Professor David Main). I am also involved in a multi-disciplinary research project investigating the human-horse relationship with Professor Lynda Birke at the University of Chester and Dr Tamsin Young at Glyndwr University.

ISES 2011

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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.

Keywords

  • Animal welfare assessment
  • Human-animal relationships
  • Equine behaviour and welfare

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