Assessing positive welfare in chickens

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Note room change: Room 1713, Lifetime Learning Centre, Ontario Veterinary College

Dr. Ruth Newberry


Dr. Ruth Newberry, Professor of Ethology in the Department of Animal and Aquacultural Sciences at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, will deliver a seminar on assessing positive welfare in chickens.  Ruth's research is focused on behavioural development, environmental enrichment and play behaviour. She and her students have conducted studies on a variety of species including dogs, cats, pigs, goats, chickens, turkeys, clouded leopards, grizzly bears, laboratory rats and mice. Ruth is a past President of the International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE), and serves on various scientific advisory committees that address animal welfare issues. She is a recipient of the Poultry Science Association’s Poultry Welfare Research Award and the ISAE’s Creativity Award. Current projects include environmental enrichment for broiler chickens, positive emotions in pigs, and personality and behavioural plasticity of dogs.


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