The Animal Behaviour and Welfare team conducts research with the aim of providing welfare solutions that are based on the animals’ experience, relevant to public concerns, cost-effective, practical and sustainable. Our main research themes are developing welfare solutions (e.g. housing, management, genetic, understanding behavioural development) and the development of scientifically valid, practical and reliable methods of welfare assessment.
The team has close links with academic and industrial collaborators and can access a range of farm systems operated by SRUC which are equipped for behavioural and welfare studies, including a purpose built pig unit.
Current areas of interest include:
Mothers Matter: A new SRUC campaign launched by our animal welfare experts on prenatal animal care.
In February 2017 SRUC had the pleasure of hosting Professor Temple Grandin for a the three day workshop tailored toward and for the integration of all SRUC students. With the support of SFC UIF funding, a competition was initiated allowing SRUC students to vote for a scientist they would most like to invite to SRUC; Prof. Grandin was the favourite and during her visit gave the most insightful, thought-provoking reflection on her ground-breaking work in the field of animal welfare and handling.
Team Leader - Animal Behaviour & Welfare
Address: Animal & Veterinary Sciences, SRUC, Roslin Institute Building, Easter Bush, Midlothian EH25 9RG
Telephone: 0131 651 9337
Fax: 0131 535 3121