Animal welfare can be defined in several ways, but at our Centre we have adopted the most common definition used, namely defining animal welfare as the experience of the animal itself. Thus, we are ultimately interested in evaluating the feelings of animals. One way of studying this is to assess the biological price the animal has to pay for adapting to its´ surroundings and management. The experiences of individual animals are estimated by combining physiological measures and health recordings to methods of applied animal behaviour science (applied ethology). Animal welfare and behaviour studies are performed both in laboratory conditions and as field studies: on-farm or in the homes of animals and their owners.



Our research themes currently include

  • effects of early rearing environment on behavioural developmet
  • management factors and welfare
  • distinguishing and treating pain
  • pain and sickness behaviour
  • sleep and resting behaviour
  • cognition and emotions
  • stakeholder attitudes towards animal welfare and pain
  • animal welfare inspections
  • mother-offspring interactions
  • transport
  • training methods