Dr Anne Carter (nee Pullen) is Course Leader for the BSc Animal Biology degree. She also teaches on other courses in the School of Animal Rural and Environmental Sciences, including BSc Zoo Biology and MRes Anthrozoology. Her main area of research interest is understanding animal behaviour to improve welfare.
Jump kinematics of agility dogs.
Temperature monitoring of canine athletes and pet dogs.
Animal Behaviour and Welfare
Novel housing of cattle and the effects on behaviour and physiology.
Dr Carter’s areas of research interest cover aspects of animal behaviour and welfare, including canine kinematics and temperature monitoring, and research into cattle housing and the effects on behaviour and physiological stress responses.
She has extensive experience in behavioural data collection on a range of species, both domestic and captive exotic animals. In addition, her current research has developed the use of gait analysis and an improved understanding of canine athletes. She has supervised undergraduate and postgraduate students on both domestic and exotic animal projects.
Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil/PhD exist and Dr Carter welcomes research students interested in behavioural and physiological studies. In addition, she is interested in continuing to develop research on performance animals, particularly canines and livestock behaviour and welfare. Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil/PhD exist and further information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.
Recent research funding has included:
- Evaluation of exercise related gait changes and conformational attributes of elite canine athletes competing in canine cross country events (Canix), A Pullen, funded by NTU RCF funding, £2,600.
- An examination of jump kinematics in dogs over increasing hurdle heights. Birch E, Carter AJ and Boyd J, Comparative Exercise Physiology, 2016, 12 (2), 91-98.
- Small and medium agility dogs alter their kinematics when the distance between hurdles differs. Birch E, Boyd J, Doyle G and Pullen AJ, Comparative Exercise Physiology, 2015, 11 (2), 75-78.
- The effects of altered distances between obstacles on the jump kinematics and apparent joint angulations of large agility dogs. Birch E, Boyd J, Doyle G and Pullen AJ, The Veterinary Journal, 2015, 204 (2), 174-8.
- Why do adult dogs play? Bradshaw JWS, Rooney NJ and Pullen AJ, Behavioural Processes, 2015, 110, 82-87.
- The effect of familiarity on behaviour of kennel housed dogs during interactions with conspecifics Pullen AJ, Merrill RNJ and Bradshaw JWS, Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 2013, 16 (1), 64-76.
- Habituation and dishabituation during object play in kennel housed dogs. Pullen AJ, Merrill RNJ and Bradshaw JWS, Animal Cognition, 2012, 15, 1143-1150.
- The effect of familiarity on behaviour of kennel housed dogs during interactions with humans. Pullen AJ, Merrill RNJ and Bradshaw JWS, Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2012, 137 (1-2), 66-73.
- Dog behaviour and welfare
- Temperature monitoring and hyperthermia in dogs
- Dog play and environmental enrichment
- Animal behaviour
- Cattle housing
- Cattle behaviour and welfare