Research Fellow at Bristol Veterinary School

Bristol , City of Bristol (GB)
£42,418 - £47,722 per annum
11 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
04 Feb 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Veterinary Science
Contract Type
Full Time

Research Fellow  

Job number        ACAD103081 
Division/School   Bristol Veterinary School 
Contract type    Open ended contract staff 
Working pattern    Full time 
Salary    £42,418 - £47,722 per annum 
Closing date for applications    04-Feb-2018  

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a large project expected to have an important impact on racehorse welfare. Currently, a range of parameters for assessing the welfare of equids are described in the research literature, but very few of these are racehorse specific. Thoroughbreds actively involved in racing are in the public eye and are treated as elite athletes, as well as representing a substantial part of the UK equine population. Many of the classic physical health and nutrition-type welfare indicators applied to abandoned and low value animals are of limited relevance to the racing sector.
The Research Fellow will develop racehorse-relevant welfare measures through a collaborative, co-construction process with racehorse industry stakeholders. Potential new measures will be developed, tested and re-evaluated by stakeholder groups and then integrated with existing relevant measures to form a robust, industry relevant racehorse welfare assessment tool.
The University of Bristol project team will work with British Horseracing Authority staff to conduct a baseline welfare assessment survey of UK racehorses which will highlight good welfare practice as well as identify areas for potential improvement. The project will be continually working towards initiating industry uptake and ownership of the welfare assessment tool and will develop policy recommendations for embedding the welfare assessment process in the racehorse industry to provide on-going impact beyond the life of this project. Initially, this tool will be created for use with horses in training, with the other life stages considered subsequently in follow up projects.
The project is funded by The Racing Foundation and is led by Prof Becky Whay and Dr Siobhan Mullan.
Name, tel no and email details for informal contact/s: Dr Siobhan Mullan;; 0117 928 9484
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