BVSc PhD ILTM CBiol MIBiol MRCVS Professor & RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Behavioural Medicine Animal Behaviour, Cognition & Welfare.
Professor Daniel Mills became the country’s first specialist in veterinary behavioural medicine, to be recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and is now the country’s first professor of the discipline.
His new position at the university is in recognition of his contributions to the profession, which span over 10 years.
Professor Mills was one of the founders of the biennial international meetings which have assisted in shaping the profession and has written extensive publications on a range of animals and exotic species.
Among his recognised practical achievements he has developed the Lincoln stable mirror to assist horses with isolation problems and successfully used animal pheromones to control badly behaved pets.
Professor Mills combines both his behavioural and clinical knowledge to offer a referral clinic for animals with behaviour problems, which is open to student attendance throughout their period of study at the university. He also provides consultancy to a range of organisations in the animal care and science industries and co-ordinates independent trials of potential new products in addition to developing his own initiatives which focus on improving behaviour without compromising welfare. He lectures internationally on companion animal behavioural medicine, is principal author of the text Equine Behaviour, Principles and Practice and is co-editor of the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Behavioural Medicine
studied agriculture at undergraduate level and obtained a PhD in dairy cattle nutrition and behaviour from the University of Glasgow in 1983. He then lectured in farm animal production and medicine at the Universities of Wales and Cambridge, conducting research into cattle and sheep welfare. In 2003 he became the inaugural holder of Australia's Chair in Animal Welfare, at the University of Queensland, and established the Centre for Animal Welfare and Ethics. He is involved in the development and implementation of State and Federal government welfare policies and has published over 150 articles on animal welfare and management in scientific journals and 8 books, as well as editing a book series for Springer on the welfare of animals. His most recent book, 'the Welfare of Animals: the Silent Majority', was published in 2008 and contains a challenging perspective on animal welfare issues in the world today.