Postdoctoral fellow, Animal Biosciences, University of Guelph

Lauren Dawson is a postdoctoral fellow in the department of Animal Biosciences at The University of Guelph. Her research has focused on using animal behaviour to make inferences about animal welfare, across a variety of species (cats, dogs, farmed mink, chickens). Her main research interests include the assessment of fear, stress and pain, environmental enrichment and the development of animal welfare assessment schemes.

Experience

  • –present
    Postdoctoral fellow, University of Guelph

Education

  • 2016 
    University of Guelph, PhD, Epidemiology and Animal Welfare

Publications

  • 2019
    Humans can identify cats' affective states from subtle facial expressions, Animal Welfare
  • 2018
    Evaluation of a canine and feline behavioural welfare assessment tool for use in companion animal veterinary practice, Applied Animal Behaviour Science
  • 2017
    Evaluation of a welfare assessment tool to examine practices for preventing, recognizing, and managing pain at companion-animal veterinary clinics, Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research
  • 2016
    A survey of animal welfare experts and practicing veterinarians to identify and explore key factors thought to influence canine and feline welfare in relation to veterinary care, Animal Welfare
  • 2013
    Providing elevated 'getaway bunks' to nursing mink dams improves their health and welfare, Applied Animal Behaviour Science

Professional Memberships

  • International Society for Applied Ethology
  • Poultry Science Association