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Kevin is a veterinarian with an interest in animal behaviour and welfare. He is author or co-author of several books, including The welfare of dogs and The sciences of animal welfare, and over 200 refereed papers. He is interested in farm animal behaviour and welfare and has a special interest in dog and cat behaviour problems. He teaches animal behaviour and welfare to veterinary, agriculture, ecology and humanities undergraduates. He supervises a number of PhD and Masters students. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Veterinary Surgeons and the Australian New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. In his spare time he farms, gardens, fishes, hunts, reads and writes.
I teach animal behaviour and welfare to veterinary and agriculture undergraduates and supervise gradute students in these fields. My research is focussed on animal welfare andanimal behaviour.
Animal welfare; welfare of farm and companion animals.
Wild horse management.
Animal behaviour. Companion and farm animal behaviour; behaviour problems and thier management and treatment.
Pain and its alleviation in sheep and cattle, painful husbandry procedures in livestock.
Lamb welfare and survival. ewe lamb behaviour at and following birth.
Behaviour problems in dogs, welfare of cats and dogs, pain in cats.
Facial expressions of of pain and pleasure in animals, wild horse control, pleasure in horses,
Animal welfare as a scientific, social and political issue in New Zealand.
Conflict between animals and human endeavours.
21st Century Citizenship, Resource Development and Management, Future Food Systems
Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000): Agriculture, Land and Farm Management (070100): Animal Management (070203): Animal Production (070200):
Biological Sciences (060000):
Humane Animal Treatment (070207): Sustainable Agricultural Development (070108): Veterinary Sciences (070700): Veterinary Sciences not elsewhere classified (070799)
Animal behaviour and welfare.
Project Title: Does mother know best? Mothers, fathers and sexual conflict in sex allocation
Date Range: 2018 - 2021
Funding Body: University of Canterbury
Project Title: Indicators of good welfare in horse.
Date Range: 2011 - 2014
Funding Body: Use MPI -- Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry