Animal and Agriculture research at Hartpury
Animal and Land Sciences research at Hartpury encompasses a range of research areas representing the interests and experience of our staff.
There are two focused research areas - Performance and Animal Welfare Science (containing the research groups: Animal Behaviour and Welfare, Animal Performance Science, Animal Health, Anthrozoology) and Agricultural Sciences (containing the research groups: Agronomy, Livestock Production). Within these groups such topics as animal personality, environmental enrichment, biomechanics, wildlife conservation, animal health and disease, animal ethics, farm animal welfare indicators, biomechanics and nutritional supplementation are explored.
Much of this research is undertaken at our own farm and laboratories, however aspects of this research is carried out in partnership with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, Natural England, West Midlands Safari Park, Cotswold Wildlife Park and other external organisations as appropriate.
Staff are committed to research and knowledge exchange. Research is fully integrated within teaching, with staff research active in the areas in which they teach and many dissertations embedded in larger scale research projects. All research activity within the department either directly or indirectly informs not only current industry practice but also the curriculum. You can find out more about our research groups below.