Veterinary Public Health Institute, Animal Welfare Division

Laura Candelotto

Doctoral Student

Center for proper housing: poultry and rabbits (ZTHZ)

Phone
+41 31 631 57 55
E-Mail
laura.candelotto@vetsuisse.unibe.ch
Postal Address
Center for Proper Housing: Poultry and Rabbits (ZTHZ)
Animal Welfare Division
Veterinary Public Health Institute
University of Bern
Burgerweg 22
3052 Zollikofen

Research

Comparison of traditional and novel behavioural observation methods in poultry and rabbits

I obtained my Bachelor degree at the University of Bern, where I investigated the incidence of floor eggs in different housing systems of broiler breeders and tested possible measures to reduce their occurrence. After receiving my degree, I worked as a research assistant at the Center for Proper Housing: Poultry and Rabbits in Zollikofen and participated in a study investigating the role of genetic variation in laying hen susceptibility to keel bone fractures. For my Master degree, I joined the Animal Behaviour group at the University of Zurich where I focused on how domestication has affected animal behavior. In cooperation with the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna and the Wolf Science Center in Vienna, I compared prosocial behavior in dogs and wolves. In May 2019, I started my Ph.D. project at the University of Bern, where I am investigating and comparing traditional (i.e., direct and video) and novel (i.e., automated individual and group-level) behavioral observation methods in poultry and rabbits. I intend to extend the comparison of methods to determine their association with animal health and welfare.