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Assoc Professor

Alison Hanlon

Associate Professor
School of Veterinary Medicine
01 716 6249
University College Dublin, School of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Science Centre Belfield Dublin 4

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I joined the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine in 1995, following four years as a research scientist in Scotland. With a background in biological sciences, I gained postgraduate experience during a Masters (by research) in applied ethology (parkland deer), and a PhD investigating indices of chronic stress in farmed red deer. My academic and research activities require an extensive knowledge of animal welfare science, covering a variety of farmed species and production stages in animal agriculture, and companion animals. Routine data capture of welfare outcomes to inform and improve policy and practice and the application of social science to better understand stakeholder attitudes to animal welfare characterise my research interests. I have a diverse research portfolio ranging from stakeholder related research to support improvements in farm animal welfare, educational research to enhance teaching practice and training opportunities, to veterinary ethics. Current and recent examples of research projects include: Validation of welfare outcomes in pigs at slaughter (including stakeholder perception and training) Evaluation of private standards for farm animal welfare A pilot study to investigate the type and frequency of client requests about companion animal behaviour problems in veterinary practice in Ireland Policy delphi consultation process to explore ethical challenges facing the veterinary professionals in Ireland Policy delphi consultation to identify key challenges and solutions to support good equine welfare in Ireland On-farm emergency slaughter of bovines Early warning indicators of farm animal neglect and One Welfare I have also collaborated in research on dairy cow welfare, dog bite incidents and responsible dog ownership.


  • BSc
  • MSc
    University College Dublin
  • PhD
    University of Aberdeen