Equine performance and equitation science: Clinical issues
Contributor(s):: Dyson, Sue
The quality of equine performance can be influenced by pain, whether or not that results in overt lameness. Recognition of low-grade lameness is challenging, but with careful observation there are many clues which veterinarians, riders and trainers should recognise. Riders and trainers are...
Does a 4–6 Week Shoeing Interval Promote Optimal Foot Balance in the Working Equine?
Contributor(s):: Kirsty Lesniak, Jane Williams, Kerry Kuznik, Peter Douglas
Variation in equine hoof conformation between farriery interventions lacks research, despite associations with distal limb injuries. This study aimed to determine linear and angular hoof variations pre- and post-farriery within a four to six week shoeing/trimming interval. Seventeen hoof and...
Producer or purchaser: different expectations may lead to equine wastage and welfare concerns. (Special Issue: Equitation science.)
Contributor(s):: Hennessy, K. D., Quinn, K. M., Murphy, J.
Horses are individual, each having differential characteristics such as height, colour, breeding, conformation, and temperament. These bio-characteristics often influence potential purchasers when buying horses. This study sought to investigate if producers and potential purchasers placed similar...
Nutrition for working and service dogs
Contributor(s):: Wakshlag, J., Shmalberg, J.
Conformation, genetics, and behavioral drive are the major determinants of success in canine athletes, although controllable variables, such as training and nutrition, play an important role. The scope and breadth of canine athletic events has expanded dramatically in the past 30 years, but with...
Hipporehabilitation at the Felin Experimental Farm of the Agricultural University in 2000-2006
Contributor(s):: Pluta, M.
The use of quantitative risk assessment to assess lifetime welfare outcomes for breech strike and mulesing management options in Merino sheep
Contributor(s):: Fisher, A. D., Giraudo, A., Martin, P. A. J., Paton, M. W.
Do dog owners perceive the clinical signs related to conformational inherited disorders as 'normal' for the breed? A potential constraint to improving canine welfare
Contributor(s):: Packer, R. M. A., Hendricks, A., Burn, C. C.
A cross-cultural comparison of reports by German Shepherd owners in Hungary and the United States of America
Contributor(s):: Wan, M., Kubinyi, E., Miklosi, A., Champagne, F.
Cross-cultural comparisons of dog behavior and dog-keeping practices are limited. The current study compared the questionnaire responses of German Shepherd owners in Hungary and the United States of America (USA). Owners provided information about their dog-keeping practices, as well as reports...
Differences in skeletal and ornamental traits between laying hen cannibals, victims and bystanders
Contributor(s):: Cloutier, S., Newberry, R. C.
The size of skeletal and ornamental traits, and asymmetries in bilateral skeletal traits, between victims of cannibalism, cannibals and bystanders within small groups of caged female White Leghorns at the time of cannibalistic attacks (i.e. injurious pecks resulting in bleeding) were compared. It...
Assessment of sheep welfare using on-farm registrations and performance data
Contributor(s):: Stubsjoen, S. M., Hektoen, L., Valle, P. S., Janczak, A. M., Zanella, A. J.
Farm animal welfare is a societal concern, and the need exists for scientific protocols to assess welfare. This paper describes the development of a protocol to assess the welfare of sheep (Ovis aries) and its application in 36 farms in Norway. There were two parts to the protocol; the animal-...
Challenges and paradoxes in the companion-animal niche
Contributor(s):: McGreevy, P. D., Bennett, P. C.
By definition, the companion-animal niche demands merely that animals must provide companionship. At first glance, this may seem easy enough, but the forces that contribute to success in this niche are complex. Indeed, success as a companion is rarely measured in terms of biological fitness, and...
Does rubber flooring improve welfare and production in growing bulls in fully slatted floor pens?
Contributor(s):: Graunke, K. L., Telezhenko, E., Hessle, A., Bergsten, C., Loberg, J. M.
This study compared the effects of concrete slats (CS), synthetic rubber slats on aluminium profiles (RS) and slotted rubber mats on concrete slats (RM) in fully slatted floor pens on behaviour, claw and leg disorders, claw horn growth, cleanliness and production parameters of growing dairy bulls...
Welfare epidemiology as a tool to assess the welfare impact of inherited defects on the pedigree dog population
Contributor(s):: Collins, L. M., Asher, L., Summers, J. F., Diesel, G., McGreevy, P. D.
The effect that breed standards and selective breeding practices have on the welfare of pedigree dogs has recently come under scrutiny from both the general public and scientific community. Recent research has suggested that breeding for particular aesthetic traits, such as tightly curled tails,...