Veterinary Public Health Institute, Animal Welfare Division

Study Programs

We are interested in environmental effects on the behaviour and welfare of captive animals. In particular, we study how environmental conditions and experiences affect brain function and behaviour, and how behavioural changes induced by environmental restrictions and other adverse effects relate to animal health and wellbeing. Our research covers the entire range from the very fundamental to the applied, and includes a wide range of different species, in particular laboratory rodents, poultry, rabbits, horses, and dogs. The aim of our research is to establish an objective scientific basis for the assessment of animal welfare, for the development of welfare-friendly housing systems, for the diagnosis, prevention and therapy of behavioural problems, and for the refinement of animal experiments. 

  • Msc thesis in Veterinary Science: Animal Welfare and Applied Ethology 
  • 416095 BSc thesis in Biology: Animal Welfare and Applied Ethology
  • 416090 MSc thesis in Ecology and Evolution: Animal Welfare and Applied Ethology