News: Honours in Animal Science subtheme - Animal behaviour

Acoustic communication in alpacas

Alpacas by siwalford65

Honours project: Investigate how alpacas communicate in the context of its group’s social behaviour.

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Reptile welfare assessment tool development

Ecotourism sea turtles

Honours project: Husbandry of reptiles is complex; signs of pain or disease can be challenging to recognise, and behaviour is not always well understood. This project will build on preliminary work in developing a practical welfare assessment tool for captive reptiles.

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Novel markers of animal emotion

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Honours project: Can differential expression of microRNA’s distinguish valence of emotional state?

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Evaluate changes in the cognitive ability of sheep due to disease development

Sheep Roseworthy

Honours project: This project involves developing cognitive and behavioural tests in sheep to evaluate disease phenotypes.

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Do sheep hang out with other sheep who have similar personalities?

Sheep grazing, Roseworthy

Honours project: Determine whether sheep prefer to associate with other individuals that are similar in their behavioural type, and whether this results in an assortative social network structure.

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Does anxiety in dogs affect heart function?

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Honours project: Determine if there are links between anxiety in dogs and heart function.

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Assessment of animal therapies

Therapy dog Roseworthy

Honours project: Conduct research into animal assisted interventions and activities in dogs and horses.

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Australian zeolite for ammonia control in aquarium fish tanks

Aquaculture

Honours project: Study the effects of 'in water and 'in feed' application of zeolite powder for the control of ammonia in aquarium fish display tanks.

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Physical enrichment of zebrafish held for research

Zebrafish

Honours project: Validate methods for assessing stress in Zebrafish before comparing tanks of fish with and without environmental enrichment.

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