Meet the speakers

Meet the speakers on the “Animal behaviour: not just a problem” session’s panel

Jo Hockenhull

Jo Hockenhull

Jo Hockenhull

Head of Research, The Donkey Sanctuary

Jo Hockenhull is an animal welfare researcher with a particular focus on the influence of human perceptions and attitudes on decision-making and welfare. She has an undergraduate degree in Zoology, a masters in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare and a PhD in equine welfare. Her PhD investigated the behaviour of leisure horses in the UK, and the management, feeding and training practices associated with this facet of the UK equine population. Her research focuses on domestic species, primarily equids and farmed livestock.

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Carrie Tooley

Carrie Tooley

Carrie Tooley

Veterinary Surgeon at Behavioural Referrals Veterinary Practice

Carrie has worked in referral behavioural medicine for 8 years. She completed an MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour, is a Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB), an RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Companion Animal Behaviour and a resident of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (BM). She sees canine and feline clinical cases, teaches veterinary undergraduate students, mentors CCAB candidates and delivers CPD lectures to veterinary professionals. Her research areas include the role of sleep and the importance of gut health in emotional health and behavioural responses. Whilst she has undeniably become a bit of a behaviour nerd, Carrie is still involved with general practice on a locum basis and has a particular passion for the importance of incorporating emotional health and cognitive health treatment alongside physical health treatment within general practice.

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Marian Dawkins

Marian Dawkins

Marian Dawkins

Professor of Animal Behaviour, Dept. Biology, University of Oxford

Marian Stamp Dawkins is Professor of Animal Behaviour in the Department of Biology at the University of Oxford and Fellow Emeritus in Biological Sciences at Somerville College, Oxford. Her research interests are in animal welfare, animal communication and animal consciousness and she has a particular concern with the process of putting welfare research into practice. She has worked on the welfare of poultry for many years in collaboration with various industrial partners in both Europe and the United States and is currently engaged in developing an automated system for assessing the welfare of broiler chickens using image processing of flock behaviour (OpticFlock). In addition to publishing many research papers, she is the author of Animal Suffering: the Science of Animal Welfare (1980), Through Our Eyes Only? The Search for Animal Consciousness (1993), Why Animals Matter: Animal Consciousness, Animal Welfare and Human Well-Being (2012) and The Science of Animal Welfare: Understanding What Animals Want (2021). With Aubrey Manning, she co-authored An Introduction to Animal Behaviour (4th-.6th editions). She was awarded the Niko Tinbergen Medal by the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour in 2009, the Robert Fraser Gordon Medal by the World Poultry Association 2011, the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare Medal in 2012 and the Patrick Moore Award by the RSPCA in 2014. In 2014 she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society and awarded the CBE for services to animal welfare. In 2018 she was made an Honororary Fellow of the Society for Applied Ethology.

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Nikki McLeod

Nikki McLeod

Nikki McLeod

Consulting Registered Veterinary Nurse at Albavet Dunfermline

A confessed study geek, Nikki has been a RVN since 2000. With her fingers in many pies, she splits what little time she has between working as the Cat Advocate and consulting nurse for a small animal practice in Fife Scotland, and studying for multiple certificates. Not satisfied with gaining her first undergraduate degree at 50, she is now studying Clinical Animal Behaviour at University of Edinburgh, with a view to becoming a practice-based Clinical Animal Behaviourist. She is also keeping a BVNA Council seat warm for three years, and is a Trustee with the ABTC. When work doesn’t consume her brain, her husband and kids fry it quietly and keep her on her toes.

Session: Animal behaviour: not just a problem

Dan O'Neill (Chair)

Dan O'Neill (Chair)

Dan O'Neill (Chair)

MVB BSc(hons) GPCert(SAP) GPCert(FelP) GPCert(Derm) GPCert(B&PS) PGCertVetEd FHEA MSc(VetEpi) PhD FRCVS

Associate Professor Companion Animal Epidemiology, RVC

Following 22 years as a veterinary surgeon in general practice, Dan is now Associate Professor in Companion Animal Epidemiology at the RVC where he co-leads the VetCompass™ Programme. With over 150 papers covering the epidemiology of companion animals, Dan’s research focuses heavily welfare issues related to extreme conformations.