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Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre
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Current activities and research programmes/projects
- Developing fresh conceptual frameworks for understanding animal welfare
- Developing practical solutions to welfare problems.
- Evaluating husbandry practices and systems.
- Developing efficient and acceptable methods of pest control.
- Preparing livestock industry and other animal welfare codes.
- Devising and validating parameters for animal welfare assessment.
- Preparing reports and analyses for clients.
- Teaching animal welfare sciences, applied animal behaviour and ethics.
- Analysing ethical dimensions of welfare problems and technological developments.
Anticipated future trends
- Rising international concern for production animal welfare.
- Rising market demands for livestock welfare certification.
- Rising international concern for wildlife welfare.
- Rising interest in fish welfare.
- Animal-human interactions that improve welfare increasingly emphasised.
- Animal cognition increasingly emphasised in welfare thinking.
- Ethical concern about medical application of animal-derived biotechnology.
- Rising public interest in the ethics of all animal-human interactions.
Specific areas of research
- Behaviour scoring and predicting welfare outcomes in livestock.
- Behavioural indices of motivation, temperament and welfare states in animals.
- Brain developmental stage and the welfare of in ovo and newly hatched birds.
- Brain developmental stage and welfare precautions in fetal and newborn mammals.
- Comparative neurobiological development and animal welfare.
- Further development and use of humane pain research models.
- Effects of early pain on subsequent pain sensitivity in farm livestock
- Husbandry pain and novel alleviation strategies in farm livestock.
- Novel methods for evaluating pain in birds.
- Sensory preferences in NZ parrots.
- Dairy goat welfare in New Zealand with particular emphasis on lameness.
- Dairy goat housing and substrate preferences.
- Mortality and welfare of bobby calves.
- Ranking humane vertebrate pest control methods.
- Re-evaluation of routine euthanasia methods.
- Aversiveness of gas stunning and killing methods for various species.
- Evaluating specific attributes of ‘distress’ (breathlessness, exhaustion, nausea).
- Breathlessness in brachycephalic dogs.
- Dog ownership and management in New Zealand.
- Positive welfare states: the experience of pleasure in animals.
- Five Domains Model welfare assessments in diverse species and circumstances.
- Quality of life assessment and end-of-life decisions.
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Last updated on Monday 12 September 2016