Animal Welfare

The welfare of animals is quite rightly a major concern and affects the management of our food production systems as well how we keep animals in captive collections.

Extensive work with captive animals has taught us a great deal about their welfare and behaviour and led to major improvements at places such as zoos, while greater emphasis is now also placed on the welfare of production species and companion animals.

The college is well placed to undertake research in these areas and a number of our staff have gained significant experience through undertaking research in the assessment of welfare of a range of species.

Because we are also based in a mixed farming area, have strong links with the agricultural industry, a number of zoological societies and professional bodies, and run our own flock of sheep and herd of cattle, we are able to take advantage of this for research purposes.