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Development of a behavioural welfare assessment tool for routine use with captive elephants (2019)
Journal Article
Yon, L., Williams, E., Harvey, N., & Archer, L. (2019). Development of a behavioural welfare assessment tool for routine use with captive elephants. PLoS ONE, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0210783

There has been much concern in recent years about the welfare of elephants in zoos across North America and Europe. While some previous studies have assessed captive elephant welfare at a particular point in time, there has been little work to devel... Read More

The Status of Pet Rabbit Breeding and Online Sales in the UK: A Glimpse into an Otherwise Elusive Industry (2018)
Journal Article
Gosling, E., Vázquez-Diosdado, J., & Harvey, N. (2018). The Status of Pet Rabbit Breeding and Online Sales in the UK: A Glimpse into an Otherwise Elusive Industry. Animals, 8(11), 199. doi:10.3390/ani8110199

Conditions of pet rabbit breeding colonies and breeder practices are undocumented and very little is known about the pet rabbit sales market. Here, multiple methods were employed to investigate this sector of the UK pet industry. A freedom of informa... Read More

Social interactions in two groups of zoo-housed adult female Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) that differ in relatedness (2018)
Journal Article
Harvey, N., Daly, C., Clark, N., Ransford, E., Wallace, S., & Yon, L. (2018). Social interactions in two groups of zoo-housed adult female Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) that differ in relatedness. Animals, 8(8), doi:10.3390/ani8080132. ISSN 2076-2615

Opportunities for positive social interaction are important in captive animals, and social interactions can be used as a welfare indicator. Wild elephants live in related multigenerational herds; however, in captivity they are often managed in less r... Read More

Application of survival analysis and multistate modeling to understand animal behavior: examples from guide dogs (2017)
Journal Article
Asher, L., Harvey, N. D., Green, M., & England, G. C. (2017). Application of survival analysis and multistate modeling to understand animal behavior: examples from guide dogs. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 4, doi:10.3389/fvets.2017.00116. ISSN 2297-1769

Epidemiology is the study of patterns of health-related states or events in populations. Statistical models developed for epidemiology could be usefully applied to behavioral states or events. The aim of this study is to present the application of ep... Read More

An evidence-based decision assistance model for predicting training outcome in juvenile guide dogs (2017)
Journal Article
Harvey, N. D., Craigon, P. J., Blythe, S. A., England, G. C., & Asher, L. (2017). An evidence-based decision assistance model for predicting training outcome in juvenile guide dogs. PLoS ONE, 12(6), doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0174261. ISSN 1932-6203

Working dog organisations, such as Guide Dogs, need to regularly assess the behaviour of the dogs they train. In this study we developed a questionnaire-style behaviour assessment completed by training supervisors of juvenile guide dogs aged 5, 8 and... Read More

A new metric for quantifying the relative impact of risk factors on loss of working life illustrated in a population of working dogs (2016)
Journal Article
Caron-Lormier, G., Harvey, N. D., England, G. C., & Asher, L. (2016). A new metric for quantifying the relative impact of risk factors on loss of working life illustrated in a population of working dogs. PLoS ONE, 11(11), doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0165414. ISSN 1932-6203

In a resource-limited world, organisations attempting to reduce the impact of health or behaviour issues need to choose carefully how to allocate resources for the highest overall impact. However, such choices may not always be obvious. Which has the... Read More

Using the incidence and impact of behavioural conditions in guide dogs to investigate patterns in undesirable behaviour in dogs (2016)
Journal Article
Caron-Lormier, G., Harvey, N. D., England, G. C., & Asher, L. (2016). Using the incidence and impact of behavioural conditions in guide dogs to investigate patterns in undesirable behaviour in dogs. Scientific Reports, 6, doi:10.1038/srep23860. ISSN 2045-2322

The domestic dog is one of our most popular companions and longest relationships, occupying different roles, from pet to working guide dog for the blind. As dogs age different behavioural issues occur and in some cases dogs may be relinquished or rem... Read More

Social rearing environment influences dog behavioral development (2016)
Journal Article
Harvey, N. D., Craigon, P. J., Blythe, S. A., England, G. C., & Asher, L. (2016). Social rearing environment influences dog behavioral development. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 16, doi:10.1016/j.jveb.2016.03.004. ISSN 1558-7878

Early life experiences are known to influence behavior later in life. In dogs, environmental influences of early home rearing could be exploited to improve the chances of developing adult behavior most suited to the adult environment. For working dog... Read More

Test-retest reliability and predictive validity of a juvenile guide dog behavior test (2015)
Journal Article
Harvey, N. D., Craigon, P. J., Sommerville, R., McMillan, C., Green, M. J., England, G. C., & Asher, L. (2016). Test-retest reliability and predictive validity of a juvenile guide dog behavior test. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 11, doi:10.1016/j.jveb.2015.09.005. ISSN 1558-7878

The ability to measure stable and consistent behavioral traits in dogs would facilitate selection and assessment of working dogs, such as guide dogs. Ideally, these measures should predict suitability for the working role from a young age. This study... Read More