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The Sciences of Animal Welfare

The Sciences of Animal Welfare

David Mellor, Emily Patterson-Kane, Kevin J. Stafford

ISBN: 978-1-405-13495-8

Aug 2009, Wiley-Blackwell

222 pages

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The Sciences of Animal Welfare analyses the diverse, interconnecting subjects which constitute this fascinating multidisciplinary field, whilst also considering the limitations and benefits of those subjects to the development and future of Animal Welfare Science. This book examines past, present and future practices and thinking, including the wide-ranging interests within society that influence attitudes towards animals and conversely how animal welfare scientists may influence those attitudes.

Key themes of the book include:

• Multi-disciplinary working and its benefits: how we can obtain fresh insights, enliven our thinking and improve animal welfare by operating widely within diverse disciplines

• Questioning the fundamental assumptions we each make about animals and their functional capabilities.

The authors acknowledge the field’s debt to past successes in animal-based science disciplines, successes that markedly improved animal welfare long before the concept of animal welfare entered common parlance. They also recognise the problems which unexpectedly arose, and anticipate future successes.

Suggesting innovative approaches to Animal Welfare Science, and written by world renowned experts, The Sciences of Animal Welfare is essential reading for anyone interested, studying or currently working in Animal Welfare Science.

This book is part of the UFAW/Wiley-Blackwell Animal Welfare Book Series.  This major series of books produced in collaboration between UFAW (The Universities Federation for Animal Welfare), and Wiley-Blackwell provides an authoritative source of information on worldwide developments, current thinking and best practice in the field of animal welfare science and technology. For details of all of the titles in the series see




Part 1 Introduction.

1 Focus of Animal Welfare.

Part 2 Paths from the Past.

2 Agricultural Sciences and Animal Welfare: Crop Production and Animal Production.

3 Veterinary Science and Animal Welfare.

4 Genetics, Biotechnology and Animal Breeding: Mixed Blessings.

Part 3 Assessment of Animal Welfare.

5 Animal Welfare, Grading Compromise and Mitigating Suffering.

6 Standardized Behavioural Testing in Non-Verbal Humans and Other Animals.

Part 4 Human Inputs and Animal Welfare.

7 Human–Animal Interactions and Animal Welfare.

8 Environmental Enrichment: Studying the Nature of Nurture.

9 Social Contexts of Animal Welfare.

Part 5 Thinking Outside the Box.

10 Integrated Perspectives: Sleep, Developmental Stage and Animal Welfare.

11 The Wider Context of Animal Welfare Science.



"The book is appropriately organized and clearly written, and there are abundant reference citations.
Each chapter starts with a detailed outline to quickly guide readers to the paragraph of interest. " (Vet Med Today, 15 June 2010)

"Provides a clearly reasoned and thorough theoretical framework for the evaluation and solution of animal welfare problems in the highly technological environment in which many veterinarians work. Veterinarians, managers, and technicians involved with intensive animal care and use programs in any setting will find this book extremely valuable... The book requires readers to pay close attention, but it will reward them with a valuable new perspective and approach to solving critical problems." (JAVMA, June 2010)

"Provides a solid foundation for understanding and developing perspective on issues of animal welfare which have previously been addressed by varied facets of society in a more abstract manner. The authors present their well-informed opinions but advocate strongly as well for the application of objective measurement techniques and evidence-based approaches to inform the evolution of the field. The use of summary phrases to introduce each new thought or section is an outstanding approach to presenting the information, which other books would do well to adopt." (Doody's,  February 2010)

  • The only book to specifically analyse the multidisciplinary strands that make up or could make up Animal Welfare Science;

  • Suggests innovative and groundbreaking approaches to Animal Welfare Science;

  • Covers unique areas of research;

  • Written by world renowned experts.