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Section Board for 'Animal Welfare' (78)

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Prof. Dr. John Webster
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Emeritus Professor, School of Veterinary Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol BS81SS, UK
Interests: ruminant nutrition; dairy cows; animal welfare science; implementation and surveillance
Prof. Dr. Rachel. Ankeny
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The University of Adelaide, Roseworthy, SA 5371, Australia
Interests: the history and philosophy of science particularly biomedical/ biological sciences, bioethics and science policy, food studies, and migration history.
Dr. Miriam Annika Vogt
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Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
Interests: cognition; mice; behaviour
Dr. Thomas Blaha
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Veterinary Epidemiology, University of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover, Germany
Interests: epidemiology of food animal health; one health; antimicrobial resistance; MRSA; zoonoses; animal welfare in food animals
Prof. Vera Baumans
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Department of Animals, Science, and Society; Division Laboratory Animal Science; Utrecht University; PO Box 80166; 3508 TD Utrecht; the Netherlands
Interests: laboratory animals; welfare, behavior; housing; environmental enrichment
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Dr. Jonathan Cooper
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University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK
Interests: Animal Behaviour; Animal Welfare; Motivation; Stereotypic Behaviour; Behavioural Needs
Dr. Sylvia García-Belenguer
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Departamento de Patología Animal, Facultad de Veterinaria, Universidad de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain
Interests: behavior; neurology; stress; welfare; health; dogs; cats
Dr. Lynda Birke
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Department Biological Sciences, University of Chester, UK
Interests: animal behaviour; social sciences; agricultural and biological sciences
Prof. Dr. Ted Friend
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Department of Animal Science, Texas A&M University, College Station, United States
Interests: animal wellbeing; equine; cattle; calves; performing animals; elephants; tigers
Dr. Stefan Gunnarson
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Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet) SLU, Skara, Sweden
Interests: animal welfare; animal hygiene; poultry; pig; broiler; laying hens; animal health; sustainable agriculture, organic agriculture; animal environment
Dr. Paul Koene
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Animal Welfare, Wageningen Livestock Research, Wageningen University & Research, De Elst 1, 6708 WD Wageningen, The Netherlands
Interests: Animal behaviour, Animal ecology, Animal health and welfare, Farm and captive animals,
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Dr. Giovanni Annicchiarico
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Council for Agricultural Research and Economics - Research Centre for Animal Production and Aquaculture (CREA) Rome, Italy
Interests: meat quality; milk quality and dairy production; Animal nutrition, sheep and goat; animal welfare
Dr. Martina Carrete
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Department of Physical, Chemical and Natural Systems, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla, Spain
Interests: biological invasions; biological conservation; evolutionary ecology; animal behaviour; global change
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Prof. Cathy Dwyer
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Animal & Veterinary Sciences, SRUC, Roslin Institute Building, Easter Bush, Midlothian EH25 9RG, UK
Interests: mother-offspring interactions; offspring survival and development; animal welfare; animal behaviour; sheep welfare; welfare assessment techniques
Dr. Luigi Faucitano
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Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Sherbrooke R & D Centre, Sherbrooke, QC J1M 0C8, Canada
Interests: Animal Production; Animal Physiology; Meat Quality; Animal Husbandry; Meat Science; Animal Welfare
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Dr. Penny Hawkins
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Research Animals Department, RSPCA, Horsham, UK
Interests: ethical review and the refinement of animal care and use to reduce suffering and improve welfare
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Prof. Dr. Pietro. Lombardi
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Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Naples, Italy
Interests: Animal Physiology; Animal Welfare; Animal Nutrition; Nutraceuticals; Clinical Biochemistry; Ethology
Dr. Alan McElligott
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Associate Professor of Animal Behaviour and Welfare, Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences, Department of Infectious Diseases and Public Health, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Interests: animal behaviour; animal cognition; animal welfare; bioacoustics; goats; cognitive bias; emotions; personality; positive animal welfare
Dr. Ngaio Beausoleil
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Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre, Massey University, Private Bag 11-222, Palmerston North, New Zealand
Interests: animal welfare; welfare assessment; pain; breathlessness; dyspnoea; wildlife welfare; animal behaviour; conservation welfare
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Dr. Elodie F. Briefer
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Behavioual Ecology Group, Section for Ecology and Evolution, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Interests: animal emotions; acoustic communication; animal cognition; vocal expression of emotions; ungulate behaviour; animal welfare
Dr. Rachel Casey
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Canine Behaviour and Research Department, Dogs Trust, London
Interests: Companion animal; Dog; Cat; Horse; Welfare; Behaviour; Epidemiology; Cohort study; Training; Personality
Dr. Malcolm P. Caulfield
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School of Life Sciences and Proteomics Core Facility, Faculty of Science, The University of Technology Sydney, Ultimo 2007, Australia
Interests: animal welfare; animal law; stress hormones; live export; intensive animal farming
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Dr. Lydia Hopper
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Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
Interests: laboratory animal welfare; zoo; primates; behaviour; cognition; training; social learning
Dr. Cecilie Marie Mejdell
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Norwegian Veterinary Institute, Dept. of Animal Health, Norway
Interests: Animal welfare (in general), husbandry practices, thermoregulation, horse welfare, dairy calf welfare, suckling systems, welfare at slaughter, animal ethics, animal welfare legislation
Prof. Dr. Paul Mills
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School of Veterinary Science, Faculty of Science, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
Interests: transdermal drug delivery; pulmonary therapeutics and the control of inflammation; wildlife ecology and therapeutics
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Dr. Cesare Castellini
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Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy
Interests: rabbit; housing systems; behavior; meat quality; lipid metabolism; oxidative stress; health
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Prof. Dr. Temple Grandin
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Department of Animal Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523, USA
Interests: transport; handling; stress; welfare; environmental enrichment; stunning; behavior; slaughter; temperament; ethology
Dr. Angelo Peli
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1. Department of Veterinary Sciences, Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
2. Service for animal Welfare in the University Teaching and Scientific Facilities, Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
Interests: Animal welfare; veterinary legislation; ethics; animal used for experimental purposes; animal health (ruminants)
Dr. Alessandro Dal Bosco
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University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy
Interests: poultry meat quality; rearing systems; welfare; sustainability
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Dr. Paul Ingenbleek
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Marketing and Consumer Behaviour Group, Wageningen University, 6708 PB Wageningen, The Netherlands
Interests: strategic marketing; sustainable agrifood systems; animal welfare; sustainable development; food marketing; agricultural marketing; sustainable consumer decisions; certification; emerging markets
Prof. Dr. Jan-Bas Prins
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Laboratory Animal Science, Leiden University Medical Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands
Interests: welfare of laboratory rodents; indicators and assessment
Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Biagini
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Department of Biomedical, Metabolic and Neural Sciences, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, 41100 Modena, Italy
Interests: animal ethics; animal welfare; epilepsy models; neuroprotection; stress management
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Dr. E. Tobias Krause
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Institute Animal Welfare and Animal Husbandry, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI), Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, 29223 Celle, Germany
Interests: animal welfare; animal behaviour; behavioural ecology; poultry, avian olfaction; early developmental conditions
Prof. Dr. Lars Lewejohann
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1. The Federal Institute for Risk AssessmentHead of Unit Animal Protection and Laboratory Animal ScienceDiedersdorfer Weg 1 Building 6, 12277 Berlin, Germany
2. Institute of Animal Welfare, Animal Behavior and Laboratory Animal Science, Freie Universität, Berlin,Germany
Interests: Laboratory Animal Science; Animal Welfare; Animal Behavior
Dr. Silvana Mattiello
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Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie e Ambientali - Produzione, Territorio, Agroenergia, Università degli Studi di Milano, Via Celoria 2, 20133 Milano, Italy
Interests: Animal Welfare; Animal Behaviour; Small Ruminants; Cattle; Milk; Wildlife Conservation
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Dr. Cecilia Mugnai
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Department of Veterinary science; University of Turin, Italy
Interests: Livestock; Biodiversity; Alternative Housing systems; Animal Welfare; Product Quality
Dr. med.vet. Roberto Plasenzotti
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Laboratory Animal Service and Research, the Medical University Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Interests: Laboratory Animals; Rabbits; Microbiome; Animal Welfare; The 3Rs; blood rheology; transgene mice
Prof. Dr. Bernard E. Rollin
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Colorado State University, Fort Collins, United States
Interests: Animal ethics; animal pain; animal mind; animal consciousness
Dr. Nicola Rooney
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Animal Behaviour and Welfare Group, Bristol Veterinary School, University of Bristol, Dolberry Building, Langford BS40 5DU, UK
Interests: animal welfare; human-animal interactions; working dog; companion- animal; rabbits; play behaviour; medical alert dogs
Prof. Dr. Eric R. Benson
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Department of Animal and Food Sciences, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, USA
Interests: Emergency Animal Management; Mass emergency depopulation of poultry; Decontamination and disinfection of avian influenza; Alternative lighting for animal housing; Emergency agricultural remediation; Agricultural air quality; Applied Poultry Engineering; Applied machine vision and applied controls
Prof. Maria Caria
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Department of Agricultural Science, University of Sassari, Viale Italia 39, 07100 Sassari, Italy
Interests: precision livestock farming; animal welfare; milking management; milking systems; wearable technologies; mechanization of livestock farms; ergonomic and safety issues; energy and environmental sustainability of dairy farms; smart glasses for augmented reality; logistics of milk collection
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Dr. Paul Morris
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Department of Psychology, University of Portsmouth, King Henry Building, King Henry 1st Street, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2DY, UK
Interests: secondary emotions in animals and infants; animal personality; inter species communication; the embodiment of emotions and intentions
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Prof. Dr. Olli A.T. Peltoniemi
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1. Helsinki One Health, University of Helsinki, Saarentaus, Finland
2. Department of Production Animal Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Helsinki, Saarentaus, Finland
Interests: pig reproduction; dynamic relationship between animals and humans; One Health and Welfare
Dr. Janice Siegford
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Animal Behavior and Welfare Group, Department of Animal Science, Michigan State University, 3270 C Anthony Hall, USA
Interests: ethology; animal welfare; poultry (laying hens); pigs; and precision livestock farming
Prof. Dr. Maria José Hötzel
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Laboratório de Etologia Aplicada e Bem-Estar Animal, Departamento de Zootecnia e Desenvolvimento Rural, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis 88040-900, Brazil
Interests: applied behaviour and animal welfare; applied ethology; agroecology
Prof. Dr. Fabio Napolitano
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Universita degli Studi della Basilicata, SAFE, Potenza, Italy
Interests: Applied animal behaviour; Animal welfare assessment; Acceptability of animal-based products
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Prof. Dr. Marcello Siniscalchi
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Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Bari, Italy
Interests: behavior; physiology; animal welfare; cognitive ethology; brain lateralization
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Prof. Dr. Christa Thöne-Reineke
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Freie Universität Berlin, Institute of Animal Welfare, Animal Behavior and Laboratory Animal Science, Berlin, Germany
Interests: animal welfare; animal behavior; laboratory animals and education
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Prof. Alan Tilbrook
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The Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Queensland 4067, Australia
Interests: neuroendocrinology; endocrinology; animal welfare; animal science; stress; behavior; biomedical sciences; animal reproduction
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Dr. Stephanie Torrey
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University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada
Interests: poultry; welfare; broiler; behaviour
Dr. Betty McGuire
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Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
Interests: mammalian social behavior; parental care;and ecology; applied animal behavior; human-animal interactions; animal shelters; animal welfare
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Dr. Rebecca E. Nordquist
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Department of Farm Animal Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Interests: animal welfare; animal models for human disease; behaviour in farm animals; neurobiology in farm animals
Dr. Mateus J. R. Paranhos Da Costa
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UNESP-Universidade Estadual Paulista, Faculdade de Ciências Agrárias e Veterinárias, Departamento de Zootecnia, Jaboticabal-SP, Brazil
Interests: animal welfare; animal behaviour; animal production; poultry welfare; horses welfare; beef and dairy cattle welfare
Dr. Péter Pongrácz
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Department of Ethology, Institute of Biology, Eötvös Loránd University, 1117 Budapest, Hungary
Interests: animal cognition; acoustic and visual communication; social learning; applied ethology and welfare
Prof. Peter Sandøe
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Københavns Universitet, Copenhagen, Denmark
Interests: animal ethics; animal welfare; social science
Dr. Michael J. Toscano
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Research Center for Proper Housing: Poultry and Rabbits (ZTHZ), Division of Animal Welfare, VPH Institute, University of Bern, Switzerland
Interests: Individuality within large groups and the relation to health and welfare; Quantifying forces involved in keel damage using tri-axial accelerometers; Use of omega-3 fatty acids to improve bone health in laying hens; Optimizing laying hen feeder design, positioning and bird density to maximize welfare
Dr. Barbara Padalino
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Department of Agricultural and Food Science (DISTAL), University of Bologna, Viale Fanin 50, 40127 Bologna,Italy
Interests: Equine internal and sports medicine; exercise physiology; horse behavior and welfare; equitation science; animal behavior and welfare; animal transport; human-animal interaction; animal welfare science
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Dr. Mark J. Prescott
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National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs), London, United Kingdom
Interests: animal behaviour; animal ethics; animal welfare; primatology; research methods; 3Rs
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Prof. Dr. Laura A. Reese
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School of Planning, Design and Construction, Michigan State University, MI 48824, USA
Interests: urban politics and public policy; economic development; animal welfare policy; local governance and management
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Dr. Simon Turner
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Animal & Veterinary Sciences, SRUC, Roslin Institute Building, Easter Bush, Midlothian EH25 9RG, UK
Interests: pigs; social behaviour; Animal Behaviour and Welfare
Dr. Patricia Turner
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Department of Pathology and Microbiology, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Ave, Charlottetown, PE C1A 4P3, Canada
Interests: animal behaviour, animal welfare, research animals, pigs, primates, mice, rats, training, euthanasia, handling, pain recognition, pain management
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Dr. Antonio Velarde
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Institut de Recerca I Technologia Agroalimentaries, Caldes de Montbui, Spain
Interests: Animal Welfare; animal behavior; welfare at slaughter
Prof. Ian Mayer
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Institute of Veterinary Medicine, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, N-0033 Oslo, Norway
Interests: fish reproductive physiology/endocrinology; aquaculture; fish welfare; aquatic toxicology
Dr. Peter White
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Faculty of Science, Sydney School of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney, Australia
Interests: Animal welfare, pain mitigation; pain measurement and evaluation; pharmacology of analgesic drugs
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Prof. Dr. Christine M. Egger
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Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, The University of Tennessee, 2407 River Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996, USA
Interests: anesthesiology (all species); pain management; acupuncture; Chinese herbal therapy
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Prof. Dr. Sergio Ghidini
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Department of Food and Drug, University of Parma, Strada del Taglio 10, Parma 43126, Italy
Interests: meat inspection; meat science; slaughtering technique; animal welfare; hygiene; chemical contamination; post-mortem inspection; ante-mortem inspection
Prof. Dr. Harry J. Blokhuis
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Department of Animal Environment and Health, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Box 7068, 750 07 Uppsala, Sweden
Interests: animal behaviour; animal welfare; welfare assessment; injurious pecking; sleep and rest in broilers
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Dr. Alison J. Hanlon
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School of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin, D04 V1W8 Dublin, Ireland
Interests: animal welfare; policy; veterinary ethics, one welfare
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Dr. Serdar Izmirli
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Department of History of Veterinary Medicine and Deontology, Veterinary Faculty, University of Selcuk, Konya 42075, Turkey
Interests: animal welfare; animal ethics; attitudes to animals; legal arrangements for animals
Prof. Craig Johnson
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Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences, Massey University, Palmerston North 4442, New Zealand
Interests: Comparative analgesia; Development of centrl pain pathways; Mechanisms of anaesthesia
Prof. Dr. Andrew Knight
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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences University of Winchester Sparkford Road, Winchester, SO22 4NR, UK
Interests: animal welfare and ethics
Prof. John Madigan
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Department of Medicine and Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, USA
Interests: disasters; welfare; equine; neonatal; neurology
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Prof. Alistair Lawrence
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SRUC, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3 JG, UK
the Roslin Institute, The University of Edinburgh, Easter Bush Campus, Midlothian EH25 9RG, UK
Interests: positive animal welfare; positive emotions; environmental enrichment; play behaviour; neural effects of environmental enrichment
Prof. Em. David Morton
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European Board of Veterinary Specialists,
Current address: Kent TN290AL, UK
Interests: ethics; animal welfare; Research project ethics reviewer humans and animals; clinical veterinary research
Dr. Andrew Robins
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Centre for Animal Welfare and Ethics, School of Veterinary Science, University of Queensland, Gatton Campus, Gatton, Queensland 4343, Australia
Interests: animal learning; animal welfare; brain lateralization; choice behaviour; visual pattern recognition
Dr. Jim Webster
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AgResearch Ltd., Ruakura Research Centre, Hamilton 3240, New Zealand
Interests: Animal welfare, Animal ethics, Assurance, Agriculture
Prof. Dr. Francoise Wemelsfelder
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Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Scotland's Rural College, West Mains Rd., Edinburgh EH9 3JG, UK
Interests: animal cognition; animal welfare; human-animal relationships; animal sentience; qualitative behaviour assessment
Dr. Bonnie D. Wright
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Veterinary Emergency and Rehabilitation Hospital, 816 South Lemay Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80521, USA
Interests: veterinary anesthesiology; pain management; acupuncture
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