Surveys reveal the importance placed by stakeholders, including the public, on promoting positive emotional states like play as well as to eliminate negative ones like stress.
Combined expertise in behaviour, physiology, genetics and medicine will enable us to develop reliable, practical ways of measuring and validating different components of welfare. We can then answer critical questions about ways to enhance animals quality of life, rather than simply trying to minimise the occurrence of poor welfare.
This project consolidates an existing collaboration between the two leading research groups in animal welfare in Sweden (SLU and Linköping University) into one Centre of Excellence. Both have a tradition of high quality innovative research, and contribute substantially to Swedens leading role in European policy making by providing expert advice.