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Name Dr Nicola Rooney
Job title Senior Teaching Fellow & Programme Director of Global Wildlife Health
Teaching Fellow
Department Bristol Veterinary School University of Bristol
Farm Animal Science University of Bristol
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work+44 (0)117 331 8092
Qualifications BSc(Leic), PhD(Soton)
Professional details
Keywords animals
interactions between humans and animals
animal welfare
domestic animals
play behaviour
working dogs
breeds of domestic dog
Areas of expertise I am interested in applied aspects of the interactions between humans and animals including the follow areas:

Development of indicators of welfare and quality of life for domestic dogs;

Play behaviour as an indicator of welfare in domestic and captive animals (e.g. dogs and guinea pigs);

The effects of different types of training method upon the behaviour and welfare of domestic dogs;

Methods for assessing, and determination of factors affecting the ability of working dogs and their handlers;

Determination of optimal rearing and housing conditions for companion species;

The effects of exaggerated anatomical features upon the behaviour and welfare of breeds of domestic dog;

Dog-dog and dog-human signalling, specifially
play signalling and inter-breed differences;

The effects of tourism upon the behaviour of wild animals.

My research has been funded primarily by grants from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and RSPCA.