Monday, 7 July 2014

JMICAWE welcomes visiting academic from New Zealand

We are delighted to welcome Dr Mark Farnworth as a visiting academic to our Animal Welfare Centre this summer.  Mark is a Senior Lecturer at UNITEC Institute of Technology in Auckland and recently completed his PhD in Veterinary Science at Massey University, New Zealand.

Not a stranger to the area, Mark studied his first degree and Masters at Edinburgh University, and is enjoying meeting up and collaborating with old friends and colleagues during his stay.

He will be working alongside our team on various projects and publications including analysing data gathered from Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programmes for dog population management, which will be used by a variety of TNR projects run through NGOs overseas.  He will also be involved with planning the CPD Edinburgh based course for our IFAW colleagues, and discussion boards for the Animal Welfare MOOC (due to start on the 14th July – see #EdAniWelf).

Mark brings with him a particular expertise in the social perception and integration of animal welfare, recognising that social constructs act as both a barrier and a catalyst for welfare improvements. He is particularly interested in the domestic cat as a model of social ambivalence and effective and humane cat/dog population management.
“It is exciting to be able to get involved with the work of the JMICAWE and to experience the environment and atmosphere here at the new facilities of the Royal (Dick) Vet” - Mark Farnworth

Further details about Mark’s research can be found on:

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