Michael Cockram

Michael Cockram

Chair in Animal Welfare
Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre
Professor, Department of Health Management, Atlantic Veterinary College

Research areas 

  • Animal welfare
  • Transport of animals
  • Animal welfare assessment
  • Effects of management practices on animal welfare


Book Chapters


  • Since 2007 Chair in Animal Welfare, SJDAWC, Atlantic Veterinary College, UPEI
  • 1985-2007 Senior Lecturer in Animal Welfare, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh, UK
    • Undergraduate veterinary course organiser for animal husbandry
    • MSc Course in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare: Convener of the Board of Examiners and module organiser for farm animal welfare
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, Royal Veterinary College, University of London, UK
  • Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, UK
  • PhD, Department of Animal Husbandry, University of Liverpool Veterinary School, UK
  • Member of the Register of Animal Scientists
    Animal Scientist (Certified), Research and Teaching, Animal Welfare

Editorial Boards

Section Editor: Behaviour, Health and Welfare
Animal: an international journal of animal bioscience

Member of the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science

Research projects


  • Broiler chickens
  • Slaughter horses
  • Sheep
  • Cattle
  • Calves
  • Pigs
  • Deer

Sleep, fatigue and stress in sheep
Handling and lairage of animals at auction markets and slaughter plants
Behaviour of dairy cows
Husbandry of calves
Culling of deer
Animal welfare legislation
Euthanasia practices
Environmental enrichment to reduce stress in shelter cats

PhD students supervised

NFACC Codes of Practice

  • Sheep: Chair of scientist committee and member of code development committee
  • Equines: Member of code development committee
  • Veal Calves: Member of scientist committee

Careful Driving and Animal Welfare. The effect of driver behaviour on the behaviour of livestock in-transit.

Training video for drivers of livestock vehicles based on DEFRA funded research project – watch on YouTube