Animal Welfare Student Scholars’ Meeting 2016

cartoonWednesday 25th January 2017,
Psychology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Stirling FK9 4LA

Each year, those students who were awarded a UFAW animal welfare student scholarship are invited to present the findings of their studies at an annual meeting. These scholarships, of which upto 20 are awarded annually, seek to encourage interest in animal welfare science and introduce students to the challenges and demands of trying to better understand and improve the way we keep and care for animals.

This year's meeting will be held at Stirling University on Wednesday 25th January 2017 between 9.30am and 5.-00pm.

Topics of talks include:

  • Emotional contagion in laboratory rats
  • Development of an imprinted maternal stimulus to improve welfare in domestic chicks
  • A novel technique to assess post-operative pain in laboratory New Zealand white rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculi) using infrared thermal imaging following orchidectomy (castration)
  • Validating behavioural measures of anxiety: An investigation into the
    relationship between scratching and other displacement behaviours
  • Influence of environmental enrichment on the use of outdoor range area and reduction of mortality and feather pecking in free range laying hens in Chile

Sean Wensley (PDSA), previous AWSS scholar and BVA President 2015-16 and
Dr Jessica Martin (Edinburgh) inaugural HSA Research Training Scholar will also talk.

Each talk lasts approximately 15 minutes. The meeting is free to attend and refreshments will be provided.

If you would like to attend please contact: Dr Stephen Wickens ( to reserve a place.

Download a Poster for the meeting.