Companion Animals

We focus on the behaviour, husbandry and welfare of companion animals (e.g. dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, rodents) kept as pets or in larger populations (e.g. in shelters or pet shops) as well as stray cats. One of our key competences is welfare assessment.

We are especially interested in human-animal interactions and human attitudes and their link to animal behaviour and welfare.

A related area of interest is how to improve management and handling practices (e.g. reducing fear and stress) and the prevention of injuries inflicted by animals. Our goals are to prevent behaviour and welfare problems and to develop methods to improve the quality of life of companion animals.