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Animal Nutritionist at Chester Zoo. Previously Research Officer at Dogs Trust. Chair of European Zoo Nutrition Group (member of EAZA Research Committee) Research Interests: - Animal Behaviour & Welfare - Animal Nutrition / Zoo Animal Nutrition - Human-Animal Interactions. PhD in Animal Behaviour and Nutrition. MSc in Animal Welfare. Content contributor to https://www.facebook.com/EAZAnutrition/ sharing latest research in zoo animal nutrition research. Twitter: @LaurenSamet1
March 2019 - present
- Research Officer
July 2017 - present
Inspired Pet Nutrition Ltd.
- Animal Nutritionist
June 2016 - June 2017
- Zoo Nutritionist
This study has identified the four most reported owner-perceived problem behaviours in dogs aged 6, 12 and 18 months. These findings can help inform where specific training strategies and interventions are needed to target these problems and prevent their development which could impact on dog welfare and the human-animal bond. Future work will expl...
The nomenclature used to describe animals working in roles supporting people can be confusing. The same term may be used to describe different roles, or two terms may mean the same thing. This confusion is evident among researchers, practitioners, and end users. Because certain animal roles are provided with legal protections and/or government-fund...
Citation: Howell, T.J.; Nieforth, L.; Thomas-Pino, C.; Samet, L.; Agbonika, S.; Cuevas-Pavincich, F.; Fry, N.E.; Hill, K.; Jegatheesan, B.; Kakinuma, M.; et al. Defining Terms
Background: This study explored dog owners' concerns and experiences related to accessing veterinary healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: Data were obtained through two cross-sectional owner-completed surveys conducted in May (first nationwide lockdown) and October 2020 and owner-completed diaries (April-November 2020). Diaries and...
Dogs play an important role in many western societies, providing companionship, emotional support, and assistance, as well as other more specialist roles. The literature reveals that many human–animal interaction (HAI) questionnaires exist to measure the human–dog bond (HDB). The first part of this study assessed how far existing questionnaires wen...
Background: This study explored dog owners’ concerns and experiences related to accessing veterinary healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: Data were obtained through two cross-sectional owner-completed surveys conducted in May (first nationwide lockdown) and October 2020 and owner-completed diaries (April-November 2020). Diaries and rel...
Separation-related behaviours (SRBs), including but not limited to vocalisation, pacing, destruction and toileting, occur in the absence of human company. As well as being problematic for the dogs’ owners, such behaviours indicate that the dogs’ emotional state is compromised. As part of the COVID-19 pandemic, time spent alone decreased considerabl...
The growing pet food market for feed supplements offering behavioural support has led to an increase in popularity of use, often without sufficient evidence to support claims. In particular, it is questionable whether various “calming” herbs and herbal blends are truly providing the desired outcomes. This study investigated whether a calming herbal...
APPENDIX I: Tools for the measurement of HAI published between 2009-2018.
On 23 March 2020, the UK Government imposed a nationwide lockdown as part of efforts to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. This study aimed to explore how the experience of dog ownership in the UK was impacted during this lockdown. Data for this research came from open-ended survey questions and an electronic diary completed by members of the general...
Introduction: The importance of using appropriate tools to measure human-animal interactions (HAI) is widely recognised. Continuing on from Wilson and Netting's (2012) review of HAI instruments up to 2008, this paper presents the results of a systematic literature review for HAI questionnaires created between 2009 and 2018, and discusses the curren...
Generation Pup is a longitudinal cohort study, investigating risk factors for a range of health and behavioural outcomes in dogs. This includes data on diet and feeding behaviours which may influence a range of outcomes at different life stages. Here, descriptive data from 476 dogs with complete datasets at both 7 and 12 months old are presented, i...
Generation Pup is a canine cohort study run by researchers associated with the UK canine charity Dogs Trust. Here, we report recent findings from Generation Pup data on dietary and feeding practices for puppies aged 7 and 12 months, with additional reference to body condition scores at 12 months. For further information on Generation Pup please vi...
Zoo nutrition plays a vital role in conservation within our zoos and aquariums, and not just because it helps us to offer an optimal diet in a similar format to that found in the wild. The start of 2019 marked the 10th European Zoo Nutrition Conference, which was held at Marwell Zoo in the UK (see p. 22), and once again research highlighted how nut...
The long-tailed chinchilla (Chinchilla lanigera) and the degu (Octodon degus) are two herbivorous rodent species that are often housed together within captive settings. This co-habitation can lead to the formation of inter-species dominance hierarchies alongside the intra-species hierarchical structures expected. Dominance behaviour is linked to ag...
This talk presented results from a study that aimed to investigate whether a commercially available herbal calming product indeed had a calming impact, and to what effect, on canine behaviour.
With headlines of “zoos filling up with geriatric animals” and a demand for more information on caring for elderly wild animals, it is important that the zoo nutrition addresses the need for more research into this area. Providing better, more suitable diets for wild captive animals has been one of the factors that have led to zoo ungulates leading...
The aim of this research was to investigate animal health professionals’ views on whether behavioural, cognitive and physiological differences existed between the sedative and anxiolytic induced states. This information could help guide the design of testimonial reports in future when trialing calming nutraceuticals* for commercial sale. *The term...
Hello I'm looking for a UK company that can analyse cortisol levels (corticosteroids) in canine faecal samples. Please can anyone supply recommendations? Many Thanks, Lauren
I would like to physiologically test stress levels in rats via faecal corticoid sampling.
I am interested in the Horizontal Wire Test which is used as a test for sedation/reactivity specifically in rats. Any other ideas for non-invasive behavioural measures for testing sedation are welcome.
To investigate the different types of relationship that exist between animals and humans, focussing on the animal's wellbeing within these relationships. Includes research on: - Measuring HAI - Human-Canine Animal Bond (HCAB) Find out more about the project here: https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/help-advice/research/research-papers/hcab
NEW SURVEY! Help @DogsTrust and @DogsTrustIreland help dogs & the people they come into contact with by taking part in our survey on Perceptions of Dog Behaviour & Emotion! You don't need to own a dog (or to even like dogs that much!!) to take part! The survey involves watching 5 dog videos and answering a few questions based on what you see. To be a part of this #citizenscience go to https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/DogBehaviourEmotion/ For further information on the project visit https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/help-advice/research/research-papers/pob-project Open to those 18yo+ that live in the UK and ROI. #PleaseShare #caninescience #dogbehaviour #animalwelfare #dogs #animalbehaviour #humananimalinteractions
Lifestyle changes ensued for many people across the United Kingdom (UK) in the Spring of 2020 due to ‘lockdown’ restrictions imposed to curb the spread of a newly emerged virus, SARS-CoV-2, which caused a global pandemic of the disease known as COVID-19. These changes have also impacted the lives of our dogs, and the presence of dogs in families has affected the way many people have coped with lockdown. This project is investigating the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on dogs, and the ways that our relationship with dogs is helping people cope with this unprecedented situation. See: https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/help-advice/research/research-papers/the-impact-of-covid-19-on-dog-welfare