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Professor David Main

Professor David Main

Professor David Main
B.Vet.Med.(Lond.), Ph.D.(Bristol), M.R.C.V.S.

Honorary Professor

Area of research

Animal welfare assessment and improvement

Langford House,
Langford, Bristol BS40 5DU
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+44 (0) 117 928 9340


David Main is a veterinary surgeon and Reader in Animal Welfare at the University of Bristol Veterinary School. He is a former member of the Farm Animal Welfare Council, current member of Food Ethics Council and Soil Association Council. He has research interests in welfare assessment, intervention strategies to improve welfare and animal welfare education. He is project co-ordinator of the AssureWel project, a collaboration with RSPCA and Soil Association, that aims to embed welfare outcomes into the assurance process of certification schemes. He was principle investigator for the Healthy Feet project that has been widely adopted by the dairy industry. He is currently leading the UK involvement in the EU WelNet project that is a network of welfare scientists providing welfare advice to the European Commission.


  • Animal welfare Certification schemes Farm assurance


  • Lameness in dairy cattle Tail biting in pigs Injurious injury in hens

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