Publications in IVIS
I am a RCVS, European and ASAB recognised specialist in clinical animal behaviour, as such I have been developing and exploring new interventions for behaviour problems, such as:
The use of semiochemicals to control the emotional reaction of animals (pheromonatherapy) The use of mirrors to control stereotypic weaving in horses I also have a strong research interest in the comparative psychology underpinning these conditions and other behaviours. I am particularly interested in what makes an individual different and how this arises from their interaction with the environment. This links both my applied and fundamental research, for example by examining how we and non-human animals recognise and respond to the emotional state of another
More recently I have hadopportunities to scientifically explore my interests in the potential value of our relationships with animals. My research in this area focuses on the benefits from pet keeping using a multidisciplinary approach, for example collaborations with biologists, health care professionals, psychologists, lawyers and economists.
Recent projects include:
- An examination of the effect of a pet dog on families with an autistic child
- The economic significance of pet dogs to the UK The position of the cat in UK legislations
- Matching of dogs with potential adopters