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Animal and Agriculture Research Update 16-17


Research undertaken by Cathryn Jordan (BSc (Hons) Bioveterinary Science), Jim Swanson, and Dr Alison Wills upon “The effect of water depth on canine heart rate during underwater treadmill (UWTM) exercise” and by Simon Parkinson (BSc (Hons) Bioveterinary Science),  Dr Jane Williams, Alison Wills upon “How does muscle activity change with water depth in dogs walking on an underwater treadmill?” were presented at the Society for Experimental Biology (SEB) Conference 2017 in Gothenburg.

Brittanny Baker (BSc (Hons) Animal behaviour and welfare) and Dr Tamara Montrose presented research at the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) Research Symposium 2017 at Edinburgh Zoo. This study examined “The Effects of Olfactory Stimulation on the Behaviour of Captive Ring-Tailed Lemurs” and was conducted in collaboration with Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park.

Research undertaken by, Isabel Riley (BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing Science), Catherine Phillips and Dr Jane Williams looking at ‘Does hypothermia occur during elective surgery in equine patients and if so, does this reduce recovery quality?’ was presented at the British Veterinary Nursing Association Conference 2016 in Telford. At this conference, Clare Haskins (BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing Science), Susi Harniman and Dr Jane Williams also presented their work ‘Exploring Dog Owner Perception of Body Condition Scoring in Relation to Canine Obesity?’ and Dan Jones (BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing Science), Dr Jane Williams and Catherine Philips presented their research entitled ‘Owner perceptions of veterinary emergencies’.

Work undertaken by Rosie Jackson (BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing Science), Dr Jane Williams and Catherine Phillips entitled ‘Evaluation of Canine A-frame Kinematics’ and ‘Differences in Canine A-frame Kinematics between inexperienced and experienced agility dogs’ was presented at the International Conference of Equine and Canine Locomotion, in London.

Research undertaken by Louise Cox (BSc (Hons) Animal Science) and Brian Evans investigating “An assessment of dietary drift and investigating why it occurs at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park” was presented at the 9th European Zoo Nutrition Conference at Zoo Liberac in the Czech Republic.

Hartpury students and staff also attended and organised the 11th UFAW Student Animal Welfare conference at Hartpury University Centre. 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 Professor Robert Elwood, students from Hartpury, Moulton and Writtle presented a range of talks, based on their dissertation projects.  James Lush (BSc (Hons) Bioveterinary Science) presented a talk entitled “Does personality affect pain and its expression in dogs, and can owners predict this” and Louise Cox (BSc (Hons) Animal Science) presented a talk on “An assessment of dietary drift and why it occurs at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park”. Louise Cox won the award for the best presentation. The talks were complemented well by a large set of research posters, with students from all four institutions contributing some excellent work. Hartpury students, Brittanny Baker, Keith Squibb, Jennifer Dow, Jessica Jones, Kayleigh Crouch (BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare, Sabrina Bell (BSc (Hons) Bioveterinary Science) and Rebecca Phillips (BSc (Hons) Animal Science) presented posters on a range of topics including the effects of olfactory stimulation on lemur behaviour, stress responses and coping strategies in horses, separation related anxiety of dogs at the veterinary practice, cat coat colour and adoption, public understanding of farm assurance schemes, the human-animal bond in fire and police service dogs and the effects of auditory stimulation on the behaviour and productivity of dairy cattle.

Hartpury students and staff participated in the Hartpury ALS Research Seminars which were held in November 2016 and April 2017. These seminars involved talks from staff, students and external speakers and were well received by all those involved.  In terms of Hartpury participation; Grace Carroll, Lucy Bearman-Brown, Brian Evans, Dr Rachel Grant, Phil Watson and Dr Carrie Ijichi as well as two of our MRes Animal Behaviour and Welfare students, Johnathan Binks and Natalie Kent, and final year students, Nick Hudson, Kayleigh Crouch and Louise Cox delivered presentations upon their research.

Gina Bishopp (MRes Animal Behaviour and Welfare) and Jane Gething-Lewis (MRes Anthrozoology) wrote guest posts for the popular science blog “Companion Animal Psychology” about the importance of science in horse training and online pet obituaries.



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

Dan Jones (BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing Science): Williams, J.M., Jones, D. and Thornton, C. (2017) Owners’ perception of veterinary medical emergencies. The Veterinary Record 181, 90.

Shannon Foster (BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare): Foster, S., & Ijichi, C. (2017). The association between infrared thermal imagery of core eye temperature, personality, age and housing in cats. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 189, 79–84.

Hollie Marie Byrd (BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing Science): Williams, J., Phillips, C., & Byrd, H. M. (2017). Factors Which Influence Owners When Deciding to Use Chemotherapy in Terminally Ill Pets. Animals, 7(3), 18.

Chloe Pyzer (BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare): Pyzer, C., Clarke, L., and Montrose, V.T. (2017) Effects of Video Footage versus Photographs on Perception of Dog Behavioral Traits. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 20, 42-51.

Casey Brown (BSc (Hons) Animal Science): Brown, C. and Bearman-Brown, L. (2017) Determining which type of bait is the most effective for attracting hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) during surveys using footprint tunnels. Proceedings of the Cotteswold Naturalists’ Field Club, XLVII (II), 221-234.

Freya Barnicoat (BSc (Hons) Bioveterinary Science): Barnicoat, F., & Wills, A. P. (2016). Effect of water depth on limb kinematics of the domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris) during underwater treadmill exercise. Comparative Exercise Physiology, 12(4), 199-207.

Laura Cox (BSc (Hons) Animal Management/ MRes Animal Behaviour and Welfare): Cox, L. and Montrose, V.T. (2016) Quantity Discrimination in Domestic Rats, Rattus norvegicus. Animals, 6, 46.

Rosemary Norman (BSc (Hons) Bioveterinary Science): Norman, R., & Wills, A. P. (2016). An Investigation into the Relationship between Owner Knowledge, Diet, and Dental Disease in Guinea Pigs (Cavia porcellus). Animals, 6, 73.

Samantha Lane (BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing Science): Williams, J., Lane, S., & Harniman, S. (2016). An in vitro investigation into the efficacies of chlorhexidine gluconate, povidone iodine and green tea (Camellia sinensis) to prevent surgical site infection in animals. The Veterinary Nurse, 7(8), 485-492.