Research & Integrated Projects Funded in 2022

Cusack L, Proudfoot K, VanLeeuwen C. The impact of volunteering with a wildlife service on empathy in veterianry students (2022-2024)

Overall K, Proudfoot K, Montelpare W, Martin C. Effects of early life experiences on later problematic behaviours in homeless, rescue shelter kittens (2022-2025)

Bernard P, Spears J. The Effect of Rearing in a Shelved Environment on Behavioural and Physiological Markers of Welfare (2022-2023)


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

Ongoing Research & Integrated Projects

Bernard P, Spears J, Bigelow L. Identifying optimal experimenter handling and mailiarization protocols that can be universally implemented to improve lab animal welfare

Overall K, Montelpare W, Proudfoot K, Squair, C. Effects of veterinary handling on canine behaviour and physiology: Must we scare dogs?

Ritter C, Proudfoot K, MacMillan K, Elsohaby I, McKenna S. Assessment and improvement of horse welfare on Prince Edward Island through benchmarking and a better understanding of horse caretakers’ decision-making

Bernard P. Ultrasonic vocalization: A non-invasive ethologically relevant tool to assess home cage welfare in rats

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

Mellish M. Pilot Project: Working donkey welfare assessment and owner education in Meru County, Kenya

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

VanLeeuwen J, Heider 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 with the University of Nairobi and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship

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

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


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