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Rachael Stratton BVSc, MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)

Lecturer in Animal Behaviour & Welfare

Institute of Vet, Animal and Biomedical Sciences

Rachael is a behaviour veterinarian involved in teaching animal behaviour, training and welfare and professional skills to veterinary, veterinary technology, animal science and equine science students. Rachael runs the Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Behaviour Service. She performs animal behaviour consultations for primary and referral companion animal and horse cases. Her research interests include the animal behaviour, health and welfare, animal emotion, learning and temperament, human-animal bond, service dogs and animal health and welfare in emergencies and disasters. Rachael is also a founding member of the Massey University Veterinary Emergency Response Team (VERT).

Rachael is a behaviour veterinarian involved in teaching animal behaviour, training and welfare and professional skills to veterinary, veterinary technology, animal science and equine science students. Rachael runs the Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Behaviour Service. She performs animal behaviour consultations for primary and referral companion animal and horse cases. Her research interests include the animal behaviour, health and welfare, animal emotion, learning and temperament, human-animal bond, service dogs and animal health and welfare in emergencies and disasters. Rachael is also a founding member of the Massey University Veterinary Emergency Response Team (VERT).

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Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: +64 6 356 9099 xtn 85178
    Location: 8.03, Vet Tower
    Campus: Turitea

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science - Massey University (1999)
  • Membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Veterinary Behaviour - Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (2014)
  • Animal Rescue Technician - Rescue 3 International (2011)
  • Urban Search and Rescue Responder - EMQUAL (2011)
  • Swift Water Rescue Technician - Tai Poutini Polytechnic (2012)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Rachael's research interests include animal behaviour, health and welfare, animal emotion, learning and temperament, human-animal bond, health and welfare of service dogs including Search and Rescue, Military, Police, Aviation Securit, Corrections, Customs, MPI, Guide, Hearing, assistance/mobility and therapy dogs and animal health and welfare in emergencies and disasters.

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship, Health and Well-being, Future Food Systems

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000):
Animal Behaviour (060801):
Animal Breeding (070201): Animal Production (070200): Animal Protection (Pests and Pathogens) (070205):
Biological Sciences (060000):
Humane Animal Treatment (070207): Other Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences (079900): Veterinary Medicine (070706): Veterinary Sciences (070700):
Zoology (060800)

Keywords

Animal behaviour, animal welfare, emotion, positive emotions, service dogs, human-animal bond, training, clinical animal behaviour, animal welfare emergency and disaster management, veterinary emergency and disaster response, technical animal rescue

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 4

Completed Projects

Project Title: Indicators of good welfare in horse.

To develop a list of validated indicators for the Equine Code of Welfare for use by owners and handlers to assess the affective welfare of their horses.
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Date Range: 2011 - 2014

Funding Body: Use MPI -- Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry

Project Team:

Research Outputs

Journal

willis, LM., Mclean, AN., Stratton, RB., Willis, SP., & King, SM. (2016). When training young thoroughbred foals, are there differing rates of learning efficiency due to sex or sire?. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research. 15, 79-79
[Journal article]Authored by: Stratton, R.
Beausoleil, NJ., Stratton, RB., Guesgen, MJ., Sutherland, MA., & Johnson, CB. (2016). Scientific evaluation of animal emotions: Brief history and recent New Zealand contributions. Journal of New Zealand Studies. 22, 63-71
[Journal article]Authored by: Beausoleil, N., Johnson, C., Stratton, R.
Willson, EK., Stratton, RB., Bolwell, CF., & Stafford, KJ. (2015). Comparison of positive reinforcement training in cats: A pilot study. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research.
[Journal article]Authored by: Bolwell, C., Stafford, K., Stratton, R.
Stratton, RB., Hill, KE., Squance, H., Pauwels, FE., Nixey, J., Cave, NJ., . . . Drennan, T. (2015). Health and welfare of search and rescue and police dogs deployed during the earthquake response of Christchurch February 2011. Animal Welfare.
[Journal article]Authored by: Cave, N., Squance, H., Stratton, R.
Stratton, RB. (2014). Indicators of positive welfare in horses. VetScript. 27(9), 8-10
[Journal article]Authored by: Stratton, R.
Worth, AJ., Sandford, M., Gibson, B., Stratton, R., Erceg, V., Bridges, J., . . . Jones, B. (2013). Causes of loss or retirement from active duty for New Zealand police German shepherd dogs. Animal Welfare. 22(2), 167-174 Retrieved from http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/ufaw/aw/2013/00000022/00000002/art00002?token=0058198beae889f777b76504c48663c255c3a5b2f2a40424d556a332b257d7241255e4e6b63319b42a649d05
[Journal article]Authored by: Bridges, J., Stratton, R., Worth, A.
Stratton, RB. (2012). Behaviour problem prevention and practice profitability. VetScript. 25(7), 58-60
[Journal article]Authored by: Stratton, R.
Stewart, M., Stratton, RB., Beausoleil, NJ., Stafford, KJ., Worth, GM., & Waran, NK. (2011). Assessment of positive emotions in horses: Implications for welfare and performance. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research. 6(5), 296-296
[Journal article]Authored by: Stafford, K., Stratton, R.

Report

Stratton, RB., Cogger, N., Beausoleil, N., Waran, N., Stafford, K., & Stewart, M.(2014). Indicators of good welfare in horses. (Report No. 2014/44).
[Technical Report]Authored by: Beausoleil, N., Cogger, N., Stafford, K., Stratton, R.
Stratton, RB. (1997). Sources of campylobacteriosis for Meatworkers: a preliminary prevalence study of the carriage of campylobacter in sheep. ( Report No. MEG:CT:11). Health Research Council of New Zealand.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Stratton, R.

Conference

Squance, H., Hill, K., & Stratton, RB. (2013). Review of police and urban search and rescue dogs health survey during Christchurch deployment. , Australian & New Zealand disaster and emergency management conference
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Squance, H., Stratton, R.
hill, KE., Squance, H., Pauwels, FE., Stratton, RB., & Nixey, J. (2013). Medical evaluation of the urban search and rescue and police dogs deployed during the earthquake response of Christchurch February 2011. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference. Mercure Hotel, Brisbane
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Hill, K., Squance, H., Stratton, R.
Hill, KE., Squance, H., Pauwels, FE., Stratton, RB., & Niwey, J. (2013). Medical evaluation of the urban search and rescue and police dogs deployed during the earthquake response of Christchurch February 2011. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Hill, K., Stratton, R.
Worth, A., Sandford, M., Gibson, B., Stratton, R., Erceg, V., & Jones, B. (2013). Causes of loss from active duty for New Zealand Police German Shepherd dogs. In WSAVA FASAVA 2013 Congress Handbook(pp. 592 - 592). , World Small Animal Veterinary Association [WSAVA] and Federation of Asian Small Animal Veterinary Association [FASAVA] 38th Annual Congress
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Stratton, R., Worth, A.
Worth, A., Sandford, M., Gibson, B., Stratton, R., Erceg, V., & Jones, B. (2013, March). Causes of loss from active duty for New Zealand Police german shepherd dogs. Presented at World Small Animal Veterinary Association [WSAVA] and Federation of Asian Small Animal Veterinary Association [FASAVA] 38th Annual Congress. Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Stratton, R., Worth, A.
Worth, AJ., Sandford, M., Gibson, B., Stratton, R., Erceg, V., Bridges, J., . . . Jones, B.Causes of loss or retirement from active duty for New Zealand police German shepherd dogs.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Bridges, J., Stratton, R., Worth, A.
Stewart, M., Stratton, RB., Beausoleil, NJ., Stafford, KJ., Worth, GM., & Waran, NK. (2011). Assessment of positive emotions in horses: Implications for welfare and performance. In Journal of Veterinary Behavior: clinical applications and research Vol. 6 (pp. 296 - 296). : Elsevier
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Beausoleil, N., Stafford, K., Stratton, R.
Stratton, R., Waran, NK., Beausoleil, NJ., Stafford, K., Worth, GM., Munn, R., . . . Stewart, M. (2010). Non-invasive assessment of positive emotions in horses using behavioural and physiological indicators. In Proceedings of the 6th International Equitation Science Conference [ISES]: Horses welfare and human safety: Importance of learning, traing and education(pp. 42 - 42). , 6th International Equitation Science Conference [ISES]: Horses welfare and human safety: Importance of learning, traing and education Sweden: International Society for Equitation Science
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Stafford, K., Stratton, R.
Stratton, R., Waran, N., Beausoleil, N., Stafford, K., Worth, G., Munn, R., . . . Stewart, M. (2010). Poster: Non-invasive assessment of positive emotions in horses using behavioral and physiological indicators. In Proceedings of the 44th Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology [ISAE](pp. 153 - 153). , 44th Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology [ISAE]: Coping in large groups The Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Stafford, K., Stratton, R.
Stratton, R., Waran, N., Beausoleil, N., Stafford, K., Worth, G., Munn, R., . . . Stewart, M. (2010). Non-invasive assessment of positive emotions in horses using behavioral and physiological indicators. Poster session presented at the meeting of 44th Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology [ISAE]: Coping in large groups. Uppsala, Sweden
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Beausoleil, N., Stafford, K., Stratton, R.
Stewart, M., Stratton, RB., Beausoleil, N., Stafford, K., Worth, GM., & Waran, NK. (2011). Assessment of positive emotions in horses: Implications for welfare and performance. In Conference Proceedings of the 6th International Equitation Science Conference: Horse welfare and human safety: Importance of learning, training and education(pp. 82 - 82). , 6th International Equitation Science Conference: Horse welfare and human safety: Importance of learning, training and education Sweden: International Society for Equitation Science [ISES]
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Beausoleil, N., Stafford, K., Stratton, R.
Stratton, R., Waran, NK., Beausoleil, N., Stafford, K., Worth, GM., Munn, R., . . . Stewart, M. (2010, July). Non-invasive assessment of positive emotions in horses using behavioural and physiological indicators. Presented at 6th International Equitation Science Conference [ISES 2010]: Horse welfare and human safety: Importance of learning, training and education. Uppsala, Sweden.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Beausoleil, N., Stafford, K., Stratton, R.
Stratton, R., Waran, NK., Beausoleil, NJ., Stafford, KJ., Worth, GM., Munn, R., . . . Stewart, M. (2010). Non-invasive assessment of positive emotions in horses using behavioural and physiological indicators. In Proceedings of the 6th International Equitation Science Conference(pp. 42 - 42). , 6th International Equitation Science Conference: Horse welfare and human safety: Importance of learning, training and education Sweden: International Society for Equitation Science [ISES]
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Beausoleil, N., Stratton, R.

Other

Stratton, RB. (2011). Understanding a smile's intent. (pp. 18 - 18).
[Other]Authored by: Stratton, R.
Stratton, RB. (2009, December). Just need to get the job done! What about next time? Animal behavior. In Companion Animal Patrons' Day, Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Stratton, R.

Consultancy and Languages

Consultancy

  • July 2008 to present - Massey Univeristy Veterinary Teaching Hospital
    Diagnosis and treatment of behaviour problems in cats, dogs, horses, birds and small mammals. Behavioural advice for new owners and breeders. Puppy and kitten socialisation and training.
  • Jan 2013 - May 2013 - Logan Stratton Ltd
    Preparing report on research on welfare and assessment of positive emotion in horses for Massey University and the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Supervision and Teaching

Teaching

Rachael teaches animal behaviour, training and welfare to undergraduate and post-graduate veterinary, veterinary technology, animal science and equine science students. She is also involved with teaching professional skills to veterinary and veterinary technology undergraduate students throught the HIlls Massey VetStart programme.

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