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Dr Suzanne Held


BVSc Veterinary Science

I did my PhD on social behaviour and immune competence in rabbits at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, with Bob Wootton and Rod Turner.  After finishing in 1996 I first moved to the Dept. of Zoology at Oxford University, then onto Bristol in 1998 to work with Mike Mendl (Bristol) and Richard Byrne (St. Andrews) on pig social cognition. A further BBSRC-grant took me briefly back to Oxford to work on maternal behavioural styles in outdoor sows on a joint project with Mike Mendl and Georgia Mason (now Guelph). I also spent six months on a Royal Society Traveling Fellowship at the University of Waikato and AgResearch in Hamilton, NZ, with Lindsay Matthews, Bill Temple and Mary Foster.  After 7 months off on maternity leave in 2005-2006, I am now back at Bristol for research and teaching on the BSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare.