Research Projects

Research projects funded in 2020

McKenna S, Proudfoot K, Muckle A, Keefe G, Gamester P. Assessment and prevention of pain related to udder engorgement in dairy cows (2020-2022)

Mellish M. Pilot Project: Working donkey welfare assessment and owner education in Meru County, Kenya (2020-2021)

Proudfoot, K, McKenna S, Meagher R, Gordon M. Understanding the natural behaviour and stress response of newborn dairy calves (2020-2022) with Dalhousie University Agricultural Campus

VanLeeuwen J, Heifer L, Keefe G, McKenna S, Kariuki E, Gitau, G. Prevention of bovine mastitis through a combination of cow comfort and mastitis interventions on smallholder dairy farms in Kenya (2020-2021) with the University of Nairobi and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship


Horses on Sable Island, 2018 (Photo taken by Dave McRuer)

Ongoing research projects

Bernard, P. Ultrasonic vocalizations: A non-invasive ethologically relevant tool to assess home cage welfare in rats (2019–2020)

Hartwig S. Development of an evidence-based, high-sensitivity canine Lyme borreliosis diagnostic protocol to improve the welfare of dogs in Atlantic Canada

Heifer L, Cameron M, Sanchez J, McClure J. Care of the dairy calf: Investigation into the welfare and health of calves in the Maritime provinces of Canada

Heifer L, VanLeeuwen J, McKenna S, Gitau, G, Kimeli P. Frequency, distribution, determinants and improvements of calf affective welfare status on smallholder dairy farms in Kenya (observational and clinical trials)

McDuffee L, Montelpare W, Overall K. Recognition of stress levels in hospitalized equine patients during various veterinary procedures: Adaptation of a stabled horse stress scale to a cohort of hospitalized horses

Mellish M, Daoust P-Y, Vanderstichel R. Assessment of welfare of Sable Island horses through morphometric and radiographic hoof evaluation

Stoughton WB, Neilsen M. Anthelmintic resistant cyathostomes: A threat to equine welfare on Prince Edward Island (2019–2020)

Stoughton WB, Bressan N. Development of an equine nasogastric intubation simulator as an aid or alternative to the use of animals in teaching (2019–2020)