News - Animal Welfare and Behaviour
Bad teeth revealed as biggest problem for pet greyhounds3 June 2019Dental disease is the most common health issue facing pet greyhounds, according to the largest ever study of greyhounds treated in first opinion veterinary clinics. The research, led by the Royal Veterinary College's (RVC) VetCompassTM programme in collaboration with the University of Bristol Vet School, reveals that 39 per cent of greyhounds suffer from dental problems, which is a far higher percentage than for any other dog breed.
Study using activity monitors to track cats' activity levels20 May 2019Does your cat live indoors? Researchers from the University of Bristol Vet School want to hear from indoor cat owners for a new study looking at cats' mobility levels using cat activity monitors.
Study to look at a dog's emotional attachment to toys21 January 2019Does your dog have an attachment to toys? If so, researchers from the University of Bristol Vet School and School of Psychological Science want to hear from dog owners for a new study on pets' attachment to toys.
Medical detection dogs help diabetes patients regulate insulin levels15 January 2019New research by the University of Bristol in collaboration with Medical Detection Dogs has found that the best trained alert dogs have the potential to vastly improve the quality of life of people living with Type 1 diabetes.
Pioneering animal welfare approach with AssureWel16 October 2018New guidance outlining a pioneering new approach for farm assurance schemes, retailers and farmers to improve animal welfare has been released following a six-year project with the Soil Association, RSPCA and University of Bristol.
New research could reduce primate electrocutions and help conservation strategies5 September 2018New research has mapped and analysed the incidence of primate electrocutions in Diani, Kenya to identify hotspot areas that should be prioritised to reduce the risk of electric shock. The study could also inform conservation strategies in other parts of the world where primate electrocutions are common. Electrocution threatens a wide range of primate species across the world and the hazard could become more widespread as species are increasingly restricted to human-dominated landscapes.
New research study could help improve dog welfare9 July 2018Academics from the University of Bristol's School of Veterinary Sciences are asking for dog owners to take part in a new research study that could help to improve dog welfare.
Calling all guinea pig owners1 February 2017Academics from the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences are asking for guinea pig owners to take part in a new research study on how pet guinea pigs are kept in the UK by completing an online questionnaire.
Does omega-3 algal oil improve osteoarthritis in dogs?14 December 2016Owners of dogs showing signs of osteoarthritis are being asked by the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences to take part in the first study of its kind to find out whether an omega-3 oil derived from algae can help dogs with osteoarthritis (OA).
Vet School research paves the way for improved horse welfare12 July 2016A vision for improving horse welfare has been set out following research carried out by the University of Bristol's School of Veterinary Sciences and funded by World Horse Welfare. It is hoped the findings, to be unveiled at the House of Commons today [Tuesday 12 July], will enable the welfare priorities of the UK's 800,000 horses to be addressed.
Animal welfare initiatives improves feather cover of cage-free laying hens16 May 2016Recognised welfare outcome assessments within farm assurance schemes have shown a reduction in feather loss and improvement in the welfare of UK cage-free laying hens, according to the findings of a study from the AssureWel project by the University of Bristol, RSPCA and the Soil Association.
Discovery of stress-induced emotional fever in fish4 December 2015Fish react emotionally to stress, indicating a degree of consciousness, a ground-breaking new study, led by scientists at the University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture and co-authored by Professor Toby Knowles of the University of Bristol, has found.
Vet School research paves the way for a vision for rabbit welfare13 May 2015A vision for improving rabbit welfare has been set out following research carried out by the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences. It is hoped the vision will enable one of Britain’s most popular pets to live healthier and happier lives.