Mike Mendl

Professor Mike Mendl specialises in animal welfare and behaviour. His research focuses on cognition, emotion, development, individuality and social behaviour in domestic animals.

By enhancing our understanding of how animals perceive the world and by developing novel methods to assess animal emotion, Professor Mendl’s work has suggested new ways of tackling welfare issues, and provided new insights into the evolutionary function and measurement of emotional states. His work contributes to improvements in how farm and laboratory animals are housed and managed in the agricultural and research industries.

He has also contributed to the livestock industry’s understanding of why animals differ in their responses to welfare challenges, and how abnormal behaviour such as tail-biting in pigs develops.

Together with Dr Liz Paul, Professor Mendl developed a new approach to the assessment of animal emotion that uses changes in decision making – ‘cognitive biases’ – as markers of underlying emotional states. The approach is now used widely in research on livestock and laboratory animals, and in wild species and even inveterbrates.

“His research has enabled animal keepers understand how to look after their stock in a way which benefits their animals’ welfare and ultimately helps their businesses”.

RSPCA Chief Veterinary Officer, James Yeates

Working closely with industry enables me to better understand the specific technical details of their materials challenges. Being inspired by the end user allows me to direct my fundamental research towards a specific applied aim, thereby helping to deliver positive impacts and often financial benefit for the companies concerned.

Find out more about Mike Mendl's research

Get in touch

Francis Frith
Engineering BusinessAccount Manager
0117 946 3930

Edit this page