Dr Krista McLennan

BSc(Hons), MSc, PhD, MRSB, SFHEA, PGCTHLE; Deputy Head of Department for Biological Sciences and Senior lecturer in Animal Behaviour

Welfare assessment of equids

This project forms part of a previous MRes and current PhD student's work, co-supervised with Dr Christina Stanley from the University of Chester.

There are a number of welfare assessment tools available for equines kept under captive conditions, but these are often not suitable to use on feral or free-ranging equids. Our most recent paper (Harley et al., 2021) describes a preliminary protocol developed as part of the MRes project using the Carneddau mountain ponies in North Wales. The protocol used a number of behavioural expression techniques as well as faecal egg count to develop a prototype welfare assessment tool that is currently being refined for use in zoological captive species.

The project will now focus on developing and validating a protocol in captive equids within zoos and so we are working closely with BIAZA and EAZA.