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Watch kitten videos for science!

How well can you recognize and interpret kitten behaviour?

Participate in a NEW SURVEY (25 January 2021) investigating participants’ abilities to rate different categories of kitten behaviour in videos. The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

This study is part of Courtney Graham’s PhD research at the Ontario Veterinary College, which focuses on understanding and preventing fear in kittens.

CCSAW Petroglyph Figure

CCSAW Petroglyph Figure Retirement

The time has come to bid adieu to our CCSAW Petroglyph Figure and retire it just before its 25th birthday. The Figure emerged into the world in spring of 1996 (just like some of our current graduate students!).

Dr. Trevor DeVries receives continued funding from Canada Research Chairs Program

Renewed this year is a Tier 2 CRC in Dairy Cattle Behaviour and Welfare held since 2015 by Dr. Trevor DeVries. He will receive $100,000 a year for five years.

By understanding the behaviour of dairy cattle, he aims to recommend optimal feeding, housing and management strategies. Those recommendations are intended to improve animal welfare, enhance production and ensure quality milk products for consumers.

“We’re ensuring a product that is not only nutritious but is also sourced from animals that have been raised with a high standard of welfare,” said DeVries.

Cat petting study

Pet your cat for science!

The OVC Companion Animal Behaviour and Welfare Lab, led by CCSAW Core Faculty member Dr. Lee Niel, is launching a new study examining how your cat responds to petting!

Participation will involve video recording a couple of petting sessions with your cat, and completing online survey check-ins over a 4-week period (January 11, 2021).

To see if you are eligible for this study, complete the recruitment survey by following this link:

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