Special Issues

Animals runs special issues to create collections of papers on specific topics. The aim is to build a community of authors and readers to discuss the latest research and develop new ideas and research directions. Special Issues are led by Guest Editors who are experts in the subject and oversee the editorial process for papers. Papers published in a Special Issue will be collected together on a dedicated page of the journal website. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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Trends in Camel Health and Production
edited by Michela Pugliese, and Asim Faraz
submission deadline 30 May 2022 | 6 articles | Viewed by 6476
Keywords: camels; disease; health; production; welfare
(This special issue belongs to the Section Animal Welfare)
Meat Quality from Production through Processing
edited by Jane Boles
submission deadline 30 May 2022 | Viewed by 369
Keywords: consumer perception; meat quality; dry aging; genetics; meat processing; beef; pork; lamb; poultry; harvest; rearing practices
Hematology and Transfusion Medicine in Animals
edited by , Alessandra Gavazza and Maria Teresa Antognoni
submission deadline 30 May 2022 | 10 articles | Viewed by 9971
Keywords: hematology and onco-hematology; leukemia; lymphoma; transfusion medicine; blood; plasma; blood products; blood donors; blood groups; leukodepletion; all animal species; acquired and congenital coagulopathies
(This special issue belongs to the Section Veterinary Clinical Studies)
Carcass and Meat Quality in Ruminants submission deadline 30 May 2022 | 10 articles | Viewed by 8342
Keywords: lamb; beef; veal; goat; color; texture; nutrition; management; shelf-life; pre-mortem; post-mortem; meat proximal composition; carcass characteristics; morphometric measurements.
(This special issue belongs to the Section Animal System and Management)
Frontiers in Modulating Intestinal Health in Pigs
edited by Tobias Aumiller
submission deadline 30 May 2022 | Viewed by 359
Keywords: pigs; intestinal health; microbiome; antimicrobial growth promoters; feed additives
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pigs)
Artificial Insemination in Dogs, Cats and Other Domestic and Wild Carnivores
edited by Alain Fontbonne and
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1976
Keywords: dog; cat; ferret; felids; canids; hyenas; bears; mustelids; artificial insemination; semen preservation and shipment
(This special issue belongs to the Section Animal Reproduction)
Clinical Mastitis and Intramammary Infections in Dairy Farms submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 7 articles | Viewed by 9565
Keywords: clinical mastitis; intramammary infection; treatment decision; antibiotic use; prevention; udder pathogens; diagnosis; herd health; alternative treatment
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cattle)
In Vitro Embryo Production in Domestic Animals submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3004
Keywords: oocyte; embryo; fertilization; ovine; bovine; porcine; equine; canine; feline
(This special issue belongs to the Section Animal Reproduction)
Equine Welfare Assessment
edited by and
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | Viewed by 425
Keywords: equine; welfare assessment; quality of life; emotional state; physiology; behavioural indicators; affective state; arousal; mental state
(This special issue belongs to the Section Animal Welfare)
The Animal–Human Interfaces in Physiology of Reproduction: The Research to Improve Performance, as well as Animal and Human Health submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 14 articles | Viewed by 17707
Keywords: physiology of reproduction; pathophysiology of reproduction; animal models; endocrinology of reproduction; physiology of milk and colostrum production; nutrition and reproduction; comparative research; reproductive management; food animal products; biodiversity conservation and expansion
(This special issue belongs to the Section Animal Physiology)
Advances in Canine and Feline Nephropathies
edited by
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 7 articles | Viewed by 7714
Keywords: Renal disease; Risk factors; Disease progression; Biological marker; Hypertension; Proteinuria; Glomerulopathies; Urinary tract infection; Renal hyperparathyroidism; Hereditary nephropathy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Companion Animals)
Beef Cattle: Advances for Sustainable Intensification
edited by Phillip Lancaster and Robert Larson
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 9 articles | Viewed by 7644
Keywords: Beef cattle; Sustainable intensification; Forages and feeds; Health; Genetics; Reproduction
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cattle)
Microbiology and Physiology in Ruminant Nutrition submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1089
Keywords: feeding strategies; rumen environment; rumen microbiology; rumen acidosis; nitrogen metabolism; methane production; environmental issues; milk production; meat production; animal health
(This special issue belongs to the Section Animal Nutrition)
Ecopathology of Infectious Diseases in Domestic and Wild Ungulates
edited by David Cano-Terriza and Jose Manuel Diaz-Cao
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2115
Keywords: OneHealth; ecopathology; ungulates; livestock; wildlife
(This special issue belongs to the Section Animal System and Management)
Morphology Study of the Alimentary Tract of Fish
edited by
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1038
Keywords: Fish; Digestive system; Electron microscopy; Light microscopy; Immunohistochemistry; Molecular biology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Aquatic Animals)
Management Strategies to Enhance Health, Welfare and Future Performance of Dairy Calves and Growing Animals
edited by David H. Grove-White and Joanne W.H. Oultram
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 2504
Keywords: calf disease; welfare; nutrition; epigenetics; management; housing; disease control; diagnostics; treatment; anti-microbial usage; behaviour change
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cattle)
Advances in the Usage of Sustainable Feed Materials in Animal Nutrition submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 5 articles | Viewed by 6340
Keywords: Alternative protein; Alternative dietary energy source; Non-GMO products; Animal health; Productivity parameters
(This special issue belongs to the Section Animal Nutrition)
Livestock Parasites: Impact on Animal Production and Food Security
edited by
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1305
Keywords: animal; livestock; parasite; helminth; drug resistance; climate change; ruminants; therapeutics; vaccines; alternative parasite control
The Responsiveness of the Dairy Cattle Sector to Societal Challenges
edited by
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1717
Keywords: climate change adaptation; consumer behavior; dairy cattle welfare; healthy dairy products; life cycle assessment; mitigation of environmental pollution; nutritional management
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cattle)
Emerging and Re-emerging Diseases—Novel Challenges in Today’s World: 2nd Edition
edited by João R. Mesquita
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 748
Keywords: molecular biology; zoonoses; zoonosis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Veterinary Clinical Studies)
Grazing Animals: Lowering Environmental Impact
edited by Giacomo Pirlo and Sara Carè
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2207
Keywords: grazing grassland; environmental management; carbon sequestration; ecosystem services; sustainability; carbon neutrality
(This special issue belongs to the Section Animal System and Management)
Pig Farming and Breeding submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 8 articles | Viewed by 6281
Keywords: pigs; breeds of pigs; genes; breeding value; productive value; welfare; feeding; prophylaxis; meat quality
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pigs)
Opportunistic Bacteria and Intensive Pig Production
edited by and Vittorio Sala
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | Viewed by 301
Keywords: swine; opportunistic bacteria; adaptive modifications; epidemiology; antimicrobial resistance; clinical disease
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pigs)
Dairy Cattle Health Management
edited by
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 6 articles | Viewed by 4347
Keywords: dairy cattle; health; management; measure; manage; monitor; practical application
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cattle)
Wildlife Disease Monitoring: Methods and Perspectives submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 8 articles | Viewed by 8103
Keywords: wildlife; disease surveillance; disease monitoring; spillover; pathogens; parasites; sampling methods; diagnostic techniques; zoonoses
(This special issue belongs to the Section Wildlife)
Routine Healthcare and Management of the Donkey
edited by Karen Rickards
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 2422
Keywords: dentistry; foot care; infectious disease; nutrition; parasite management; population control; vaccination
(This special issue belongs to the Section Equids)
Pain Assessment Tools in Animals—Where Are We? submission deadline 31 May 2022 | Viewed by 417
Keywords: analgesia; animal; level of evidence; methodological soundness; pain assessment tool; validation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Veterinary Clinical Studies)
Non-Infectious Stressors and Livestock Productivity: Molecular Mechanisms, Biomarkers and Strategies for Controlling Immune Response of Ruminants submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3920
Keywords: DAMPs; innate immunity; livestock; inflammation; non-infectious stressors
(This special issue belongs to the Section Animal Physiology)
Recent Advances in Poultry Nutrition and Production submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 22 articles | Viewed by 23630
Keywords: poultry nutrition; poultry production; feed additives; by-products; egg quality; meat quality
(This special issue belongs to the Section Poultry)
Diversity, Taxonomy, and Biogeography of Elasmobranchs
edited by Fabrizio Serena and Monica Barone
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | Viewed by 554
Keywords: biodiversity; marine biogeography; taxonomic checklists; species distribution; fisheries management
Second Edition of Feeding Strategies to Minimize the Use of Antimicrobials and Zinc Oxide in Pig Production submission deadline 31 May 2022 | Viewed by 251
(This special issue belongs to the Section Animal Nutrition)
Emerging and Re-emerging Fish and Shellfish Viruses - Special Issue Dedicated to Dr. James R. Winton
edited by Mohamed Faisal and
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 7 articles | Viewed by 7830
Keywords: fish and shellfish viruses; host-pathogen intricacies; emerging viral infections; development of novel diagnostic assays; fish virus immunology; vaccine development.
(This special issue belongs to the Section Aquatic Animals)
Behavior and Physical Health Integration in Companion Animals submission deadline 31 May 2022 | Viewed by 385
Keywords: behaviour; physical health; dog; cats; comorbidities
(This special issue belongs to the Section Companion Animals)
Antibiotic Usage in Dairy Farms
edited by Lucy Brunton and Cristina Ballesteros
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | Viewed by 596
Keywords: antibiotics; usage; antimicrobial resistance; dairy; cattle; One Health
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cattle)
Current Status and Advances in Semen Preservation submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 7 articles | Viewed by 8085
Keywords: semen preservation; liquid state; cryopreservation; semen quality; fertility; assisted reproductive technologies; energy metabolism; antioxidants; proteomic
(This special issue belongs to the Section Animal Reproduction)
Housing and Environment Control Systems in Poultry Production
edited by Ilda de Fátima Ferreira Tinôco, , , Jairo Alexander Osório Saraz, , and
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 1725
Keywords: environmental comfort for animals; thermal conditioning systems; ventilations systems; air quality; thermal comfort; animal buildings; animal welfare; climate change; sustainability; animal science; precision livestock farming (PLF); life cycle assessment (LCA); animal performance in different climates
(This special issue belongs to the Section Animal System and Management)
Animal Sentience: Theories and Practices
edited by James W. Yeates
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1242
Keywords: sentience; consciousness; feelings; awareness; pain; cephalopods; decapods
(This special issue belongs to the Section Animal Welfare)
Serological and Molecular Epidemiology in Animals
edited by and Sandra Cavaco
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1599
Keywords: serology; genetic diversity; epidemiology; diagnostics; infectious diseases; zoonosis; one health; livestock; wildlife
(This special issue belongs to the Section Veterinary Clinical Studies)
Advances in Dietary Protein Research: Shaping Innovative Feeds for a Sustainable Ocean submission deadline 1 Jun 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 5023
Keywords: protein nutrition; alternative proteins; protein hydrolysates; amino acids; fish nutrition; shrimp nutrition; nutrition and health; nutrition and welfare; nutrition and immune response; nutrition and stress response
(This special issue belongs to the Section Aquatic Animals)
Evolution and Diversity of Transposable Elements in Fish Genomes
edited by Federica Carducci and
submission deadline 15 Jun 2022 | Viewed by 411
Keywords: transposable elements (TEs); genome evolution; environmental adaptation; TEs and transcriptional activity; actinopterygians
(This special issue belongs to the Section Animal Genetics and Genomics)
Parasite Diseases in Small Ruminants submission deadline 15 Jun 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 854
Keywords: parasites; small ruminants; control measures; diagnosis; pathogenesis; immune response; drug resistance; vaccination
(This special issue belongs to the Section Small Ruminants)
Genomics and Phenomics for Improving the Sustainability of Livestock Production
edited by
submission deadline 15 Jun 2022 | 5 articles | Viewed by 5156
Keywords: genomics; phenomics; novel phenotypes; genomic selection; sustainability; animal welfare; product quality; environmental impact
(This special issue belongs to the Section Animal Genetics and Genomics)
Precision Livestock Innovations in Swine Production and Welfare
edited by Ty B. Schmidt and Benny Mote
submission deadline 15 Jun 2022 | Viewed by 185
Keywords: animal health; animal welfare; behavior; morbidity; real-time monitoring; individual tracking
(This special issue belongs to the Section Animal System and Management)
Advances in Veterinary Oncology
edited by , Chiara Leo and
submission deadline 15 Jun 2022 | 5 articles | Viewed by 3554
Keywords: veterinary oncology; cancer therapy; veterinary surgical oncology; veterinary pathology; chemotherapy; electrochemotherapy; radiotherapy; cancer immunology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Veterinary Clinical Studies)
Meat Quality and Protein Expression in Livestock and Poultry
edited by Dorota Wojtysiak
submission deadline 15 Jun 2022 | 6 articles | Viewed by 5250
Keywords: meat quality; microstructure; muscle type; skeletal muscle proteins; postmortem aging; muscle myopathies; apoptosis; oxidative stress; heat shock proteins; breed; nutrition
(This special issue belongs to the Section Animal Nutrition)
Applications of Accelerometers and Other Bio-Logging Devices in Captive and Wild Animals submission deadline 15 Jun 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4352
Keywords: bio-logging; accelerometers; movement ecology; energy expenditure; sleep; body temperature; conservation; captive management
(This special issue belongs to the Section Wildlife)
Understanding of Equine Physiology submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | Viewed by 503
Keywords: equine behavior and welfare; equine assisted interventions; equine athletic performance; equine neuroendocrinology; equine physiology; exercise physiology; reproductive performance; stress; transport; weaning
(This special issue belongs to the Section Equids)
Advanced Grazing Management: Applied Nutritional and Foraging Ecology
edited by Pablo Gregorini and Matthew Beck
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | Viewed by 192
Keywords: foraging; ruminants; ecology; pastoral livestock
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cattle)
Veterinary Sciences and Sea Turtles
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | 12 articles | Viewed by 13396
Keywords: Sea turtles; pathology; anatomy; parasitology; physiology; surgery; clinical pathology; internal medicine; infectious diseases; toxicology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Aquatic Animals)
New Tools for Monitoring Genetic Diversity in Animals submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | Viewed by 588
Keywords: genomic revolution; high-throughput technologies; reduced representation methods; phylogenomics; whole-genome sequencing; next-generation sequencing; genomic library; genetic diversity; biodiversity monitoring; introgression
(This special issue belongs to the Section Animal Genetics and Genomics)
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