Scientists

Prof. Andrew Fisher
(Faculty of Veterinary & Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne) – Director of the Centre . Andrew has significant experience in the area of animal welfare, with a particular focus on production animal management and transport. Research interests include welfare aspects of flexible feeding systems of dairy cows.
Dr. Ian Bland
(Faculty of Veterinary & Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne) – Lecturer in Animal Science and Management. Ian is interested in the behaviour and welfare of neonatal/weaned pigs and zoo animals.
Mr. Kym Butler
(Agriculture Research, DEPI, Hamilton and Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne) – Kym works within the Biometrics Unit, Agriculture Research and applies biometric analysis to the Centre’s research projects.
Dr. Peter Cakebread
(Faculty of Veterinary & Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne) –Senior Lecturer in Animal Science and Management. Peter’s research interests include welfare implications of common dental procedures in horses, behavioural and welfare effects of jaw and dental abnormalities in sows and locomotion and welfare effects of lameness in sows.
Prof. Grahame Coleman
(Faculty of Veterinary & Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne) – Grahame has followed a research career in aspects of human and animal behaviour associated with biological rhythmicity and sleep and changes in stress-related and reproductive hormones. Current research interests focus primarily on human-animal interactions in farm and companion animals and public attitudes to animal welfare.
Dr. Rebecca Doyle 
(Faculty of Veterinary & Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne) – Rebecca's research projects have included animal cognition and cognitive bias; correlating stress physiology with behavioural and cognitive welfare measures; and how to make practical animal welfare improvements locally and in developing countries.Her Senior Research Fellow position with AWSC will continue her work focussing on welfare improvements in the sheep and beef industries.

 

 

Dr. Lauren Hemsworth
(Faculty of Veterinary & Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne) - Research interests include field welfare assessment in farm and companion animalsls and developing education programs for recreational horse owners.

 

Prof. Paul Hemsworth
(Faculty of Veterinary & Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne). A research career studying the behaviour and welfare of farm and companion animals, particularly examining the influence of the social and physical environment on farm animal behaviour and welfare and the influence of human-animal interactions on animal welfare and productivity
Dr. Ellen Jongman
(Faculty of Veterinary & Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne) - Research interests include the effect of housing, husbandry procedures and management on the welfare of sheep, dairy cows and companion animals.

 

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