Emily Birch

Emily Birch

Research Fellow

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Animal and Equine


Dr Birch is currently a Kennel Club funded Research Fellow in human canine interactions. She teaches on a variety of modules including animal ethics, animal welfare and canine behaviour and training. The majority of her work entails developing the canine related courses and activities at Brackenhurst. She also runs the Polite Puppies puppy classes and hosts a number of weekend workshops focusing on specific skills, such as recall.

Career overview

Dr Birch has an MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour and has a keen interest in the prevention of behavioural problems.

Research areas

Dr Birch has five published papers in agility research, her main area of research interest. She is currently working on a number of research projects including managing canine/wildlife, canine/livestock and canine/equine conflict alongside further agility research. She has presented her work at international conferences and has written articles for a number of canine magazines.

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research exist and further information can be obtained from the NTU Doctoral School.

Sponsors and collaborators

The Kennel Club.


Effects of jumping style on the performance of large and medium elite agility dogs. Alcock, J. Birch, E. and Boyd, J., 2015, Comparative Exercise Physiology 11(3): 145-150.

An examination of jump kinematics over increasing hurdle heights. Birch, E., Carter, A and Boyd, J. 2016, Comparative Exercise Physiology 12(2): 91-98.

The effects of altered distances between obstacles on the jump kinematics and apparent joint angulation of large agility dogs, Birch, E., Boyd, J., Doyle, G., and Pullen, A., 2015a, The Veterinary Journal 204(2): 174-178

Small and Medium agility dogs alter their jump kinematics when the distance between hurdles alters. Birch, E., Boyd, J., Doyle, G., and Pullen, A., 2015b, Comparative Exercise Physiology 11(2): 75-78

Effect of fence height on joint angles of agility dogs. Birch, E., and Lesniak, K. 2012, The Veterinary Journal

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Press expertise

  • Agility dogs
  • Canine communication
  • Dog behaviour, welfare, training and walking
  • Human-canine relationships
  • Prevention of canine behaviour problems