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Improving lives by solving problems in agriculture and the environment...

The Encyclopedia of Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare

The Encyclopedia of Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare

Edited by D Mills, University of Lincoln, UK, J Marchant-Forde, USDA-ARS, USA, P McGreevy, University of Sydney, Australia, D Morton, University of Birmingham, UK, C Nicol, University of Bristol, UK, C Phillips, Foundation Chair of Animal Welfare, University of Queensland, Australia, P Sandøe, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, R Swaisgood, Brown Endowed Director's Chair, Applied Animal Ecology, San Diego Zoo's Institute for Conservation Research, USA

March 2010 / Hardback / 704 Pages / 9780851997247 £195.00 / €255.00 / $370.00
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Main Description

Welfare research has established a range of scientific indicators of stress, welfare and suffering in animals that can be applied to all aspects of improving their welfare through good housing and management, and the topic continues to grow in importance among both professionals and the public.

The practical focus of this authoritative, comprehensive encyclopedia aims to promote the understanding and improvement of animals’ behaviour without compromising welfare. Under the editorial direction of Professor Daniel Mills, the UK’s first specialist in veterinary behavioural medicine, over 180 international experts have contributed a wealth of fully cross-referenced entries from concise definitions to detailed short essays on biological, practical, clinical and ethical aspects of behaviour and welfare in domestic, exotic, companion and zoo animals.


The encyclopedia will be an essential resource for practising veterinarians, researchers and students in zoology and ethology, and to all those working with and interested in animals and their welfare.

Entries include:

Abandoned Animals


Central Nervous System





Grazing Behaviour


Immune Systems

Laying Hen Housing

Maternal Behaviour


Operant Tests

Parental Behaviour

Rearing Environment

Sexual Behaviour





Wildlife Management

"An excellent resource for any and all people who are interested in expanding their knowledge in the fields of Applied Ethology or Animal Welfare... a primary point of reference and definition."

"Edited by some of the finest academics worldwide… extremely well written." Veterinary Record, Vol. 170 (2), 2012
Applied Animal Behaviour Science

Mills 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

Phillips 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.