Clinical Animal Behaviour

Our Research

Clinical animal behaviour research focuses on how we can better evaluate the behaviour of animals in order to interact with them, manage them and train them in ways that optimise their wellbeing. We also develop new treatment methods for helping animals with problem behaviour.

The psychobiological approach to problem behaviour developed at Lincoln provides a comprehensive scientific framework for the evaluation of problem behaviour in captive and domestic animals, in order to develop individualised treatment plans. Our MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour introduces students to both the theory and research underpinning this theme. In addition to a range of externally funded projects we also accept a limited number of high quality self funding PhD applications from students interested in developing their research skills in this important area.

Within the scope of clinical animal behaviour, we investigate three main areas:

  • Human-animal interactions
  • Problem behaviour
  • Emotional systems

Prof Daniel Mills

  • Problem Behaviour –pure and applied aspects
  • Director of the Animal Behaviour Clinic and editor and author of several books, such as ‘Dog Bites’ and ‘BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Behavioural Medicine’​

Prof Sandra McCune

  • Animal Ownership and Human-Animal-Interactions​
  • Visiting professor of Human-Animal Interaction at University of Lincoln

Prof Anna Wilkinson

  • Animal perception and cognition; cold blooded care

Dr Carl Soulsbury

  • Behavioural ecology and evolutionary biology​

Dr Tom Pike

  • Behavioural and sensory ecology​

Dr Holly Root-Gutteridge

  • Animal communication​
  • Post doctoral researcher working on chemical signalling in animals​

Dr Neil De Kock

  • Analytical chemist ​
  • Post-doctoral researcher working on chemical signalling in animals​

Dr Luciana Santos de Assis

  • Veterinary behaviour​
  • Post-doctoral researcher working on perceptions of breed related behaviour​

Dr Teresa Romero

  • Animal behaviour, cognition and welfare​
  • Social behaviour and cognition

Lynn Hewison

  •  Clinical animal behaviour​

Kevin McPeake

  •  Veterinary resident and PhD student studying the assessment of frustration in dogs​

Himara van Haevermaet

  • Veterinary resident and PhD student studying dog reactive dogs​

Claire Ricci Bonot

  • PhD student studying social buffering in horses​

Annika Bremhorst

  • PhD student studying expression of emotion in dogs
Jackie Braggs
  • MScRes student in cat scratching behaviour