|January 1996 - Present||Professor, University of Sydney ‐ Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare Science|
|Present||Contributor, The Animal Studies Repository|
|2016||VetCompass: Big Data and Real-time Surveillance for Veterinary Science|
|Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF)|
|Colleague(s): N. Dhand, T. Baldwin, J. Gilkerson, C. Mansfield, A. Peaston, P. Hill, S. Raidal, M. Combs, P. Irwin, I. Robertson, R. Magalhaes, J. Rand, R. Squires, D. Raubenheimer, P. Irons, E. Meler|
|2015||Genetic basis of separation-related distress in Labrador retrievers|
|Australian Pet Welfare Foundation/Research Support|
|Colleague(s): C. Wade, P. Thomson, D. Van Rooy|
|2015||Infra-red thermography and radio frequency identification for detection of stress in lairage|
|Meat and Livestock Australia Ltd|
|Colleague(s): C. Wade, P. Thomson, D. Van Rooy|
|2014||Nationally Shared Curriculum Resources for Veterinary Undergraduate Learning & Teaching in Animal Welfare & Ethics|
|Office for Learning and Teaching|
|Colleague(s): C. Degeling|
|2014||Optimising stock movement in processing plants and lairage - Stage 1 Dogs|
Honors and Awards
- 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award for International Canine Health from the Kennel CLub Charitable Trust
- 2014 Honorary Fellow - International Society for Equitation Science.
- 2011 The top 100 in "the Sydney Morning Herald's? 100 most Influential People of 2011
- 2011 Winner Eureka Awards Research and Innovation, Research that contributes to Animal Protection
- 2010 Finalist "21st Eureka Research & Innovation award" Research that contributes to Animal Protection - Saving dogs from inherited disorders
- 2009 George Fleming Literary Award (Co-winner)
- 2009 Vice-Chancellor-s Awards for Systems that Achieve Collective Excellence in Teaching and Learning (Co-winner)
- 2009 Universities Federation for Animal Welfare - Companion Animal Welfare Award (Co-winner)
- 2009 Ian Clunies Ross Memorial Award
- 2009 International Animal Welfare award from the British Society of Animal Science and RSPCA for innovation developments in animal welfare2008 Vice-Chancellor-s Award for Outstanding Teaching - University of Sydney
- 2008 National Teaching Award - Pearson Education UniServe Science
- 2008 Citation - Australian Learning and Teaching Council
- 2006 Quality Teaching Award - NSW Minister for Education and Training and the Australian College of Educators
- 2006 Excellence in Teaching AVA Award.
- 2005 National Excellence in Teaching Award - Australian Veterinary Association
- 2001 Prince Laurent Animal Welfare Prize (co-winner)
- Animal welfare science
- Learning theory
- Animal husbandry
Recent Works (4)
Addressing the Challenges of Conducting Observational Studies in Sheep Abattoirs in Situ Research Models (2017)
The competing needs of maintaining productivity within abattoirs, and maintaining high standards of animal welfare, provide fertile grounds for applied research in animal behavior. However, there are challenges involved in capturing useful behavioral data from ...
VetCompass Australia: A National Big Data Collection System for Veterinary Science Animals (2017)
VetCompass Australia is veterinary medical records-based research coordinated with the global VetCompass endeavor to maximize its quality and effectiveness for Australian companion animals (cats, dogs, and horses). Bringing together all seven Australian veterinary schools, it ...
The Use of a Virtual Online Debating Platform to Facilitate Student Discussion of Potentially Polarising Topics Animals (2017)
The merits of students exchanging views through the so-called human continuum exercise(HCE) are well established. The current article describes the creation of the virtual human continuum(VHC), an online platform that facilitates the same teaching exercise. ...
The Effect of Noseband Tightening on Horses’ Behavior, Eye Temperature, and Cardiac Responses Sport and Working Animal Welfare (2016)
Restrictive nosebands are common in equestrian sport. This is concerning, as recent evidence suggests that very tight nosebands can cause a physiological stress response, and may compromise welfare. The objective of the current study was ...
Featured Works (3)
Valuable Behavioural Phenotypes in Australian Farm Dogs Livestock and Working Dogs (2015)
This report presents findings regarding the ways to optimise the performance of livestock working dogs in Australia. The methods available to optimise dog performance include both environmental and genetic factors. The objectives of this study ...
Environmental Factors Associated with Success Rates of Australian Stock Herding Dogs Sport and Working Animal Welfare (2014)
This study investigated the current management practices associated with stock herding dogs on Australian farms. A parallel goal was to determine whether these practices and the characteristics of the dog handlers were associated with success ...
Whip Use by Jockeys in a Sample of Australian Thoroughbred Races—An Observational Study Competitive Animal Racing (2012)
The use of whips by jockeys is an issue. The current study viewed opportunistic high-speed footage of 15 race finishes frame-by-frame to examine the outcomes of arm and wrist actions (n = 350) on 40 ...
Research Works (4)
Strong Selection for Behavioural Resilience in Australian Stock Working Dogs Identified by Selective Sweep Analysis Sport and Working Animal Welfare (2015)
Background: Working dog handlers and breeders have strong opinions on characteristics that are desirable in the breeds that they use to handle stock. Most of these characteristics are related to conformation or behaviour. This study ...
Estimating the Economic Value of Australian Stock Herding Dogs Sport and Working Animal Welfare (2014)
This study aimed to estimate the value of the typical Australian herding dog in terms of predicted return on investment. This required an assessment of the costs associated with owning herding dogs and estimation of ...
Dog Behavior Co-Varies with Height, Bodyweight and Skull Shape Eidonomy (2013)
Dogs offer unique opportunities to study correlations between morphology and behavior because skull shapes and body shape are so diverse among breeds. Several studies have shown relationships between canine cephalic index (CI: the ratio of ...
Human Induced Rotation and Reorganization of the Brain of Domestic Dogs Anatomy (2010)
Domestic dogs exhibit an extraordinary degree of morphological diversity. Such breed-to-breed variability applies equally to the canine skull, however little is known about whether this translates to systematic differences in cerebral organization. By looking at ...