Animal welfare and behavior research

In a multidisciplinary manner, animal welfare science investigates factors that affect animal experiences in the various ways of animal management as well as in society at large. The Research Centre for Animal Welfare is an umbrella-like research community that collaborates with other research groups.

Animal experiences affect the handling of animals and their disease incidence as well as the output and profitability of production. Consequently, taking animal welfare into consideration is an important part of ethically sustainable animal management. Because the reliable assessment of animal experiences requires a multidisciplinary approach, animal welfare research employs a wide range of research methods. Behaviour is often the best indicator of animal experience available to welfare research.

Research on animal welfare is coordinated through the Research Centre for Animal Welfare. Research in the field is carried out in cooperation also with several other research groups active at the Faculty.