Animal Management Research
At the University Centre Bishop Burton, we undertake a range of research on behaviour, training and production species.
Our excellent animal management facilities support a range of research from the efficiency of training techniques to enrichment methods of domestic and zoo animals. Staff pose industry experience that allows them to support students in undertaking dissertation projects in a wide range of subjects. Our setting facilitates practical research using zoo, domestic and production animals. Enrichment methods in canines has been investigated by students and one student (Shay Kelly) has written a successful blog and published a book after completing a dissertation in this area. Enrichment in zoo animals has been studied in a range species in conjunction with zoos around the UK. Research conducted aims to improve welfare of captive animals. Staff specialisms allow for focussed research around causes for behavioural issues in dogs/cats and effective treatments.
The college labs have state of the art equipment that allows for nutritional analysis which facilitates research into the nutritional value of diets, comparisons have been undertaken in raw diets in domestic animals compared to commercial all in one feed. Research in conjunction with companies have also trialled supplements within a range of species.
Our on-site farm allows for industry relevant research such as evaluating specific diets and the effects they have on aggressive behaviour in domestic pigs, comparison of different housing systems in calves and morality rates. The research centre has evaluated different treatments for common diseases in production animals such as foot root treatment.
Thermal imaging is a growing area of interest within animal research, thermography is used to aid in detection of injuries, lameness and infections with animals with a focus on production on zoo animals. This enable earlier detection and enables better management of the species. Thermal imaging has been used with domestic, production and zoo animals.
Staff regularly present at conferences in a range of subjects:
- Rosy Lyon has presented her Prevalence of disorders within the UK equine population and associated risk factors research at the equine performance conference
Chell, C., Corral, M.E., Grant, I. et al. 2020. A Brief Observation of Endangered Coquerel’s Sifaka (Propithecus coquereli) Feeding on Red Mangrove (Rhizophora mucronata) Vegetation in a Mangrove Environment, Northwest Madagascar. Int J Primatol 41, 562–565