Animal Sciences

Our multi-disciplinary research includes specialists in the assessment of animal health and welfare using a range of concepts and methodologies, based at our Brackenhurst Campus.

Overview

Research Contacts: Professor Gang Pan and Professor Tao Lyu

The Animal Sciences Subject Area focuses on research aimed at improving the welfare of captive, companion, and performance animals. Our multi-disciplinary research includes specialists in the assessment of animal health and welfare using a range of concepts and methodologies, based at our Brackenhurst Campus. The team brings together specialists in animal nutrition and feeding behaviour, parasitology, reproductive physiology, animal cognition and perception, and equestrian sports performance in order to achieve this goal.

Research Group

Animal Behaviour, Performance and Welfare Group focuses on human-animal interactions with the aim of advancing improvements in the conditions and welfare of animals.

Research Areas

  • Captive species (human-animal interactions, nutrition, personality profiling, housing and husbandry)
    Sustainable equine management (housing and husbandry, feeding behaviour, activity monitoring, bedding, transport)
  • Sustainable equestrian performance (vision in equestrian sport, horse-rider interaction, equestrian surfaces, non-invasive measures of stress)
  • Canine health and performance (biomechanics of agility dogs, heat stress and temperature monitoring, genetic profiling for disease susceptibility, breed / individual differences and behavioural problems)
Cheetah eating

Case Studies

The following Impact case studies are linked to this:

  • Jump kinetics in agility dogs
  • Evidence-based feeding guidelines for captive cheetahs

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