Daniel M. Weary, DPhil
May 9, 2011 - 9:57am — Ethan
Applied Animal Biology
MCML 189 - 2357 Main Mall
Associate Dean, Graduate Studies; Professor, Applied Biology; Animal Welfare Program; NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Animal Welfare
Dan works with students and colleagues in the Animal Welfare Program using behavioural and other non-invasive measures to objectively assess various aspects of animal well-being. One focus of recent work is the dairy cow, and welfare issues important in this species.
In his graduate and postdoctoral work Dan focused on acoustic communication and vocal behavior in wild birds and mammals. He has now turned his interests to the development of objective methods of assessing animal well-being. This more recent work includes more basic research on how vocal and other behaviors can provide us with information about an animal's physical and emotional state, as well as how these measures can be applied to find better ways of handling animals
For more details, please visit the Animal Welfare Program web site.
Dan's work on farm animals focuses on dairy cows - he is especially interested in cow comfort and free-stall design, lameness, calf rearing and calf housing. One focus of current work is group housing of calves, including longer-term effects on welfare and cognition. Work on laboratory animals continues to focus on euthanasia, especially developing humane methods for euthanasia of rats, mice and zebra fish; new work is examining the effects of enriched housing systems on welfare and cognition in rats. Dan and students in the program are also interested in better understanding and describing the attitudes of people around contentious issues in agriculture and laboratory animal use.
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