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Animal and Land Research Update 15-16


Research undertaken by Estelle Gwynn (MRes Animal Behaviour and Welfare) and Lucy Clarke upon “The psychological benefits of guide dog ownership” was presented at the International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ) Conference 2015 in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Hattie Sire (BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare) presented research supervised by Lucy Clarke at the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) Research Symposium 2015 at Dublin Zoo. This study examined “The effects of environmental enrichment and weather on enclosure use and within-pride conflict in African lions” and was conducted in collaboration with West Midlands Safari Park.

Oliver Beasley (BSc (Hons) Bioveterinary Science) and Dr Tamara Montrose presented their research upon “Quantity discrimination in the degu” at the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) Summer Conference 2015 in Lincoln.

Research completed by Georgina McLean (BSc (Hons) Animal Science) and Dr Alison Wills looking at “Quantifying peak limb forces of dogs jumping at Kennel Club jump heights” was presented at the Canine Behaviour and Cognition Conference 2015 in London.

Research undertaken by Jonathan Reid (BSc (Hons) Bioveterinary Science), Brian Evans and Chris Browne was presented at the International Conference: Steps to Sustainable Livestock 2016. This study was ‘entitled Development of a novel prediction method to determine future reproductive success of dairy cows’.

Work undertaken by Samantha Batten BSc (Hons) Bioveterinary Science), Brian Evans and Phill Watson looking at “Techniques to advance oestrus in ewes – a comparative study between the use of progestogen sponges and the ‘ram effect’” was presented at the British Society for Animal Science (BSAS) conference 2016 in Chester.

Research undertaken by Lauren Branfield (BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare) and Dr Carrie Ijichi entitled “Does dog personality affect learning ability?” and by Chris Hermiston (BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare) and Sienna Taylor entitled “The effect of DAP on intensity of vocalisations and frequency of stress behaviours in a rescue shelter” was presented at the ASAB Easter Conference 2016 in Aberystwyth.

Clarissa Brayley (BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare) and Dr Tamara Montrose, presented their research entitled “The effects of audiobooks on the behaviour of kennelled dogs” at the UFAW Conference 2016 in York.

A number of students presented work at the BIAZA Research Symposium 2016 at Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Presentations were made by Callum Kirk (MRes Animal Behaviour and Welfare) upon Browse Preference of Colobus Monkeys and by Megan Kennett (BSc (Hons) Animal Science) upon the effect of visitor density on the behaviour of Southern White Rhinoceros. The undergraduate project was carried out at West Midlands Safari Park and supervised by Lucy Clarke, whilst the postgraduate project was supervised by Dr Tamara Montrose and Dr Mary Farrell and carried out at Cotswold Wildlife Park.

Research completed by Chloe Pyzer (BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare), Lucy Clarke and Dr Tamara Montrose upon “The effects of video footage versus photographs on perception of dog temperament” and by Estelle Vickery (MRes Animal Behaviour and Welfare) and Lucy Clarke entitled “A qualitative approach exploring the psychological benefits of guide dog ownership”” were presented at ISAZ 2016 in Barcelona.

Research undertaken by Tim White (BSc (Hons) Bioveterinary Science), Toni Manders (BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare) and Tate Preston (BSc (Hons) Bioveterinary Science), and supervised by Dr Alison Wills, was presented at the Society of Experimental Biology Conference in Brighton in July 2016. These posters were entitled “The effect of fence width on peak vertical forelimb landing forces in jumping dogs”, “Kinematic analysis of the gait of pedigree working and show dogs”, and “The effect of hydrotherapy on the range of motion of dogs diagnosed with elbow dysplasia”.

Hartpury students and staff also attended the 11th UFAW Student Animal Welfare conference at Brooksby Melton College. This annual event gives students from UFAW link colleges an opportunity to present their own research to their peers. Following a key note speech by invited speaker, Catherine Hale, who spoke about the link between equine nutrition, health, behaviour and welfare, students heard presentations from a number of their colleagues.  Johnathan Binks (BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare), Estelle Vickery (MRes Animal Behaviour and Welfare) and Hannah Richards (BSc (Hons) Animal Science) presented talks on the effects of olfactory stimulation on shelter dog behaviour, psychological benefits of guide dog ownership, and social enrichment in Bengal Slow Loris respectively. A particular mention goes to Hannah Richards who received the runner-up award and Estelle Vickery who received a special commendation for their talks. Over lunch, there was a chance to see posters developed by fellow students on a wide range of topics related to animal welfare science, from differences in agonistic behaviours expressed by captive socialised and non-socialised wolves to the effectiveness of animal welfare logos on consumerism of animal welfare friendly food products in mainstream supermarkets in the United Kingdom. Sinead Ogglesby, Lauren Branfield, Chris Hermiston (BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare), and Jordan Butler (MRes Animal Behaviour and Welfare) all presented posters on their dissertation research.

Hartpury students and staff participated in the Hartpury ALS Research Seminars which were held in December 2015 and April 2016. These seminars involved talks from staff, students and external speakers and were well received by all those involved. In terms of Hartpury participation; Sienna Taylor, Lucy Clarke, Dr Rachel Grant, Patrick Tandy, Dr Alison Wills and Dr Tamara Montrose as well as one of our MRes graduates, John Grainger, and final year students, Johnathan Binks and Tim White delivered presentations upon their research. External presentations were also delivered from colleagues from the University of Surrey and Nottingham University.



Several students have had their dissertation work published in peer-reviewed journals:

Georgina McLean (BSc (Hons) Animal Science): McLean, G. and Wills, A. (2015) Peak limb forces experienced by dogs jumping at kennel club jump heights. Journal of Veterinary Behaviour: Clinical Applications and Research, 10, 447–448.

Clarissa Brayley (BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare): Brayley, C. and Montrose, V. T. (2016). The effects of audiobooks on the behaviour of dogs at a rehoming kennels. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 174, 111–115.

Cameron Shuttlewood (BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare): Shuttlewood, C., Greenwell, P. J. and Montrose, V.T. (2016) Pet Ownership, Attitude toward Pets, and Support for Wildlife Management Strategies. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 21, 180-188.

Kristian Dana (BSc (Hons) Animal Science): Dana, K. and Clarke, L. (2016) Does Invertebrate Diversity affect the Presence of the European Hedgehog (Erinaceus europeaus)? Proceedings of the Cotteswold Naturalists’ Field Club, 47, 92-106.

Laura Cox (BSc (Hons) Animal Management/ MRes Animal Behaviour and Welfare): Cox, L. and Montrose, V.T. (2016) How Do Human-Animal Emotional Relationships Influence Public Perceptions of Animal Use? Journal of Animal Ethics, 6 (1), 44-53.

John Grainger (MRes Animal Behaviour and Welfare): Grainger, J., Wills, A.P. and Montrose, V.T. (2016) The behavioral effects of walking on a collar and harness in domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) Journal of Veterinary Behaviour: Clinical Applications and Research, 14, 60-64.