Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Research Area(s)

  • Swine behaviour and welfare

Academic Credentials

  • PhD Pig Health Management – Newcastle University, UK, 2011
  • MSc Animal Biology & Welfare – Writtle College, UK, 2006
  • BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour & Welfare – University of Central Lancashire, UK, 2005

Research Interests

Dr. Seddon’s research focuses on the behaviour and welfare of farmed pigs and explores the interactions between management, pig behaviour, welfare and productivity, with a strong multidisciplinary and applied research approach. In collaboration with the Prairie Swine Centre, SK, Dr. Seddon has regular knowledge transfer of research findings to industry. 

Broad research interests include:

  • Perception of the environment by animals
  • Influence of environment and management on behavioural development and the relationship to welfare status of the individual
  • Optimizing behavioural development to promote good welfare and productivity
  • Biomarkers predictive of welfare

Previous research includes:

  • Management of the group housed gestating sow
  • Lameness prevalence and interventions
  • Temperament assessment
  • Piglet pain behaviour and management of pain
  • Housing systems & economic evaluations

The ultimate goal of Dr. Seddon’s research is to contribute to the development of lasting solutions to animal welfare challenges, and help to advance sustainable farming practices.

Dr. Seddon also has significant interest and experience with equine behaviour and welfare, and she welcomes research collaboration in this area.


To view Dr. Seddon's list of publications, visit her Google Scholar citations page