Animal Welfare Science


Pigs can be taught how to use joysticks, experiment finds

Thursday, February 11th, 2021 - The intelligence of pigs has long been renowned — and scientists in the US have now found that they are clever enough to be able to use computer joysticks. Researchers from Purdue University in Indiana said they were able to train four pigs to carry out a “joystick operated video game task” to get treats....



Left behind: How to prepare pets for a post-pandemic life

Monday, January 4th, 2021 - Dr. Candace Croney sat down with the Associated Press to provide some tip for how to help your furry friends prepare for you return to campus, the office, & other work places. Read her tips at the Associated Press – Left behind: How to prepare pets for a post-pandemic life



Changes, challenges: The not-so-secret life of pandemic pets

Monday, January 4th, 2021 - Recently, Dr. Candace Croney was interviewed by the Associated Press about how the lives of pets have changed during the pandemic! Read more at the Associated Press – Changes, challenges: The not-so-secret life of pandemic pets



EU Policy on Dog Breeding

Friday, December 11th, 2020 - The European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union, has cited Dr. Candace Croney‘s research in informing their policies about Responsible Dog Breeding standards among its member nations. Dr. Croney is the Director of the Center for Animal Welfare Science at Purdue University and a faculty member at Purdue Veterinary Medicine. Read more about...



Chicago Tribune: Aurora to study regulating sale of pets

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 - Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine’s Canine Care Certified program was mentioned in the Chicago Tribune by Jonathan Burning, owner of Happiness is Pets. The Canine Care Certified program is a national accreditation program for dog breeders that ensures their operations are behaving ethically & responsibly. It was begun by Purdue Veterinary Medicine’s Dr. Candace...



PVM Faculty Collaborate on $1 Million Research Project into Rapid Sensor Technology for Cattle Disease

Friday, July 17th, 2020 - Bovine respiratory disease (BRD), one of the most prevalent and costly illnesses in the beef and dairy industries, accounts for about half of all feedlot deaths in North America and costs producers as much as $900 million a year. Purdue University researchers, including faculty from the College of Veterinary Medicine, are developing technology to reduce diagnosis time to about 30 minutes.



Paradox of addressing animal welfare while dehumanizing people

Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 - At a point in time where a global pandemic is threatening human health and an extraordinary public awakening about systemic racism is fueling societal unrest in the U.S. and across the world, it feels a little tone deaf to be discussing animal welfare. Nonetheless, fueled in part by public discussions of the food chain breaking...



Your pets are stressed out, too

Friday, May 29th, 2020 - The COVID-19 pandemic is creating emotional stress and anxiety for humans – but chances are, their furry companions are likely feeling the same way. Dr. Niwako Ogata, an associate professor of veterinary behavior medicine in Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, says pets could be feeling secondhand anxiety from their owners who are coping with lifestyle...



COVID-19 and Animal Behavior

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 - Just recently Purdue Veterinary Medicine’s Dr. Candace Croney was interviewed by Jim Richards on Newstalk 1010 about how COVID-19 is affecting animals and pets. You can listen along at iHeartRadio.



Plant closures prompt farmers to advertise hogs on Craigslist

Monday, May 11th, 2020 - Purdue Veterinary Medicine‘s Dr. Candace Croney, Director of the Center for Animal Welfare Science and Professor Animal Behavior & Well-being was interviewed by CNN on how the closure of meatpacking plants are forcing farmers to turn to Craigslist to sell their animals. Read the full story at Plant closures prompt farmers to advertise hogs on Craigslist on CNN.




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