Shanis BarnardDr. Shanis Barnard


2011 - PhD, Behavioral Biology, University of Parma

2008 - MS, Applied Ethology, University of Parma



Shanis Barnard is an ethologist who graduated at the University of Parma (Italy) in Biological Sciences. Her thesis, on the validation of a temperament test for shelter dogs, was the first step toward her current main areas of interest, which include human-animal relationship, dog behaviour, cognition and welfare. Shanis was awarded her PhD in Behavioral Biology in 2011 where her studies were aimed at investigating temperament and cognition in different dog breeds.

Shanis worked as a researcher at IZSAM, a Public Veterinarian Institute in central Italy, where she was involved in the development of several research projects on companion animal and livestock welfare, and on stray dog and cat population control and management. Her most relevant work focused on the use of animal-based measures as indicators of welfare for dogs housed in rescue shelters. In 2014 she was appointed to a three years Post Doctorate fellowship at Queen’s University Belfast on canine behavior and welfare on a BBSRC funded project.

Shanis Barnard joined Dr. Croney’s lab in 2018, and will be investigating the behavior and welfare of dogs kept and reared in commercial breeding establishments in the U.S.

Her favorite teacher is her pet dog, Mia.


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