Dr. Alessia Diana
2019 – PhD, Animal Behavior and Welfare, University College Dublin (UCD)
2011 – MSc, Nature Conservation, University of Parma
2008 – BSc, Natural Sciences, University of Bari
Dr. Alessia Diana is an ethologist interested in studying animal behavior and cognition to improve the welfare of companion, farm and zoo animals. She obtained a MSc in Nature Conservation at the University of Parma with a thesis in applied ethology on the assessment of the welfare of four species of zoo-housed felids. In 2019, Alessia was awarded a PhD in Veterinary Medicine with major in Animal Behavior and Welfare from UCD and Teagasc. She explored the link between health, welfare and antimicrobial use in pigs by employing aspects of applied ethology, social sciences and automated animal welfare monitoring. She then worked as a postdoc research assistant at the University of Padova on the impact of animal welfare and biosecurity on antimicrobial use in beef cattle.
In 2022, Alessia joined Dr. Croney’s lab as a postdoctoral fellow and her work will focus on evaluating the behavior and welfare of dogs and puppies in commercial breeding kennels in the U.S.