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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.


  • –present
    Postdoctoral fellow, University of Guelph


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


  • 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