Project Team

Learn more about the experienced project team that are working on the AWIN project.

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Prof. Adroaldo Zanella

Professor Zanella trained as a vet at PUC, RS, Uruguaiana, before becoming a pig specialist, working in outdoor units in Brazil. During that period he developed his passion for animal welfare at Brazil’s pioneer high welfare unit where he was involved in researching disease and production systems

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Ana Vieira

Ana Vieira is from Lisbon, Portugal, but lived since she was born in the countryside, in a region called Ribatejo. Ana studied veterinary medicine at Universidade Técnica de Lisboa and during her course of studies became passionate about farm animal production. After her graduation she was involved in a project of Applied Research

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Dr. Andreia De Paula Vieira

Andreia is a veterinarian, who did her masters on hunger indicators in dairy calves at the Universidade Estadual de Londrina (Brazil) and concluded her PhD on the effects of early social interactions on calf responses to novel events at the University of British Columbia (Canada)

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Prof. Bjarne O. Braastad

O. Braastad spent his first years at a farm in Hedmark, Norway, moved later to Oslo where he also studied and received a BSc degree in natural sciences and biology in 1978. Bjarne moved to University of Trondheim and completed a MSc degree in zoology/ethology in 1980 on a study on homing behaviour in domestic cats

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Carlos Rebelo

Carlos comes from Lisbon, Portugal, where he also concluded his graduation in Veterinary Medicine at the Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária in the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa. Carlos decided to continue his studies focusing the connection between public/animal health legislation and its implementation on the working field

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Carol S. Thompson

Carol is from Dublin, but moved to Edinburgh in 2003. She obtained her BSc in Animal Biology from Edinburgh Napier University in 2007. In 2010 she moved to Belfast to do a masters in Animal Behaviour and Welfare in Queen's University, which she just completed this year

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Dr. Cathy Dwyer

Cathy Dwyer is originally from the south of England although she has spent more than a third of her life north of the border in Scotland. Cathy studied physiology at University of Bristol and then did her PhD at the Royal Veterinary College in London, studying nutritional and physiological interactions between mothers

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Dr. Diana Stucke

Diana Stucke is originally from Vogt in the south of Germany, but moved to Hannover to attend university in the year 2001. Diana studied veterinary medicine at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover. In 2008 she passed her state examination. In the course of her studies she decided not to work as a practicing veterinarian

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Dr. Dirk Lebelt

Dirk Lebelt studied veterinary medicine in Germany and graduated from Munich Vet School in 1995. Thereafter he spent three years as research assistant at the Department for Animal Welfare and Behaviour at Munich Vet School with a special focus on equine behavioural and welfare problems

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Prof. Donald M. Broom

Donald Broom graduated in Natural Sciences (Zoology) from Cambridge, U.K. in 1964. He completed his Ph.D. there on behaviour development and responses of domestic chicks to startling stimuli in 1967, supervised by Bill Thorpe, a member of the Brambell Committee and major architect of its biological content

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Prof. Elisabetta Canali

Elisabetta Canali is from Milan where she attended the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and got her degree and later the PhD on animal behaviour and husbandry. She become a vet and she started to study and research on farm animal behaviour as researcher of National Research Council and then as researcher at Università degli Studi di Milano

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Emanuela Dalla Costa

Emanuela Dalla Costa was born and grown in Milan, a nice sunny city in the Northern Italy. Since she was a child, she has always had a great passion and interest in animals, especially in topics as behaviour and training of dogs and horses. Emanuela studied veterinary medicine

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Dr. Fernando Constantino-Casas

Fernando Constantino-Casas graduated in 1985 with a Bachelor degree in Veterinary Medicine from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Awarded a PhD degree from the University of Cambridge 1991.Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Pathology: undergraduate (General Pathology and Systemic Pathology) and

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Dr. Fritha Langford

Fritha Langford is originally from Sheffield in England, but moved to Scotland to attend university and has not returned south of the border since. Fritha studied Marine and Environmental biology at the University of St. Andrews and decided two important things: firstly, animal behaviour was the area she would most like to study

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Prof. George Stilwell

George Stilwell was born in Lisbon and it was in this beautiful city that he finished is degree in veterinary medicine. George worked as a practitioner for 15 years in Portugal, especially with farm animals but also with small animals and wildlife. Because of his interest in research and

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Dr. Ignacia Beltrán de Heredia

Ina Beltran de Heredia was born in Salvatierra-Agurain (Spain). In 1987 she graduated in Veterinary in the University of Zaragoza. In 1988 she began as a PhD student in the former CIMA-Granja Modelo de Arkaute with a grant awarded by the Basque Government. She joined a project led by Dr. Dunixi Gabiña to study

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Inês Grenho Gonçalves Ajuda

Inês Grenho Gonçalves Ajuda is from Lisbon, Portugal. She always wanted to be a vet so in 2006 she matriculated at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Technical University of Lisbon, where she finished the BSc/MSc on Veterinary Medicine in 2011. During her undergraduate study, she participated on a study relative to housing on a dairy farm

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Prof. Inger Lise Andersen

After Inger Lise fulfilled the degree Cand. Scient. (master degree) in Animal Science at the department of Animal and Aquacultural Sciences in 1993 and before finishing another full Cand Scient. (master degree) in zoology with special emphasis on ethology at NTNU (Eng: Norwegian University of Science and Technology) in 1996, she started

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Prof. Inma Estévez

Professor Inma Estévez obtained her Bachelor's in Zoology in 1988 and her Ph.D. in Ethology in 1994 at the University of Cordoba, Spain. During this time she travelled for extended periods of time to Canada and France to work in different projects. Later, she worked as a Post-doctoral researcher at

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Dr. Jitka Bartošová

Jitka Bartošová was born in Vysoké Mýto in the Czech Republic, but has been living in Prague since she completed her master's study on the effects of mother's social status on behaviour of her young in horses at the Faculty of Agronomy of the Mendel University in Brno (1997, MSc in Animal science)

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Joanna Marchewka

I come from Poland; I obtained my agricultural engineer degree in Animal Breeding from Animal Breeding and Biology Department at Poznan University of Life Sciences in year 2007. The final year of my education at Poznan University I spent in The Netherlands at

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Dr. Joanne Conington

Joanne Conington did her undergraduate study at Newcastle University, Masters in Livestock Production Science at Aberdeen University and a PhD in Sheep Breeding at Edinburgh University, whilst under the employment by SRUC as a scientist

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Dr. Judit Banfine Vas

Judit was born in Mosonmagyarovar, on the countryside of Hungary. She studied Biology in the capital, Budapest. During her Master courses she specialized in taxonomy, ecology and evolutionary biology and she wrote her dissertation at the Department of Ethology at Eotvos University in the topic of dog-human communication and breed differences in behaviour

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Mrs Katrina Franken BSc MSc

Since January 2012 Katrina is doing her PhD on turkey welfare at the SRUC. Throughout her BSc in Animal Husbandry at the agricultural college VanHall-Larenstein she developed a keen interest in science as well as science outreach with a focus on animal welfare, leading to her thesis on attitude change throughout the German equestrian sector

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Dr. Kenny Rutherford

Kenny Rutherford studied Zoology at the University of Edinburgh, before undertaking a MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare at the same university. He then studied at the Roslin institute and SRUC for a PhD. From 2003 he has worked in the Animal Behaviour and Welfare team at SRUC

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Mrs Krista Marie McLennan

After growing up in Dorset, Krista McLennan went to study at Sparsholt College in Winchester for a BSc (Hons) in equine studies (science option). After a year working out in industry and gaining her British Horse Society qualifications, Krista gained entry to the University of Exeter to study a master’s degree in Animal Behaviour

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Lorenzo Ferrari

Lorenzo Ferrari was born in Milano in 1981. He studied Animal Husbandry and Welfare (bachelor’s degree) and then he got a postgraduate degree in Science and Technology of Animal Production at Università degli Studi di Milano, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

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Dr. Michela Minero

Michela Minero is originally from Borgosesia, a village located in the Western Italian Alps, but moved to Milano to attend university at the Veterinary Faculty where she works now. Michela qualified as a DVM in 1994 defending a thesis about the welfare of therapeutic riding horses. She worked as a horse practitioner before

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Monica Battini

Monica Battini is from Milan. She attended Università degli Studi di Milano, Faculty of Medicine Veterinary and she obtained the degree in Animal Production and Technologies. Even as a child, she has always been passionate about ethology, so after graduation she immediately tried

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Murray Corke

Murray Corke grew up in a farming area of Norfolk, UK. He studied veterinary medicine at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, and on graduating he worked in mixed veterinary practice for 6 years before joining the University of Cambridge Veterinary School as a clinician

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Prof Pericles Varella Gomes

Pericles Varella Gomes is from Curitiba, Brazil. Graduated in Architecture and Urban Design and Visual Arts, with a Masters Degree in Multimedia Communication and a PhD. in Instructional Technology in Education at Michigan State University, his focus is how to make information technology and modern communications improve the quality of education in the broadest sense.

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Rachel Chojnacki

Rachel Chojnacki is from Wisconsin in the United States. There, she attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she earned a bachelor's degree in Zoology (with an emphasis on Wildlife Ecology). After spending many years searching for a job she was enthusiastic with, she realized her interests lie not in wildlife ecology, but

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Dr. Roberto Ruiz

Roberto Ruiz was born and raised in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Basque Country, Spain), is married and father of two children. In 1992 he graduated in Veterinary in the University of Zaragoza; and later he did a Master in Rural Development and Management of Agro-Food Enterprises. In 1994 he begun as a PhD student in

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Dr. Sarah Hall

Sarah moved to Edinburgh from England to attend the University of Edinburgh for her undergraduate degree in Zoology, during which she spent a year studying at the University of British Colombia, Canada. After her degree, she received additional funding to continue research from her honours project concerning host-parasite coevolution

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Prof. Silvana Mattiello

Education: 1986 - University Degree in Animal Production Science with honours, Università degli Studi di Milano; 1993 - PhD in Animal Science, University of Milan, Italy. Professional activities: 1986-1988 - Training at the Università degli Studi di Milano; 1988-1990 - Professor of Animal Husbandry at the

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Dr. Susanna Lolli

Susanna Lolli is from Milan. She attended Università degli Studi di Milano, Faculty of Medicine Veterinary and she obtained the degree in Animal Production and Technologies in 2002, defending a thesis about the behaviour of water buffaloes. She got a PhD in Animal Science and Applied Ethology in Milano in 2006

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Tatiane Terumi Negrão Watanabe

Tatiane Terumi N. Watanabe is from São Paulo, Brazil. She attended Universidade Estadual Paulista “Júlio de Mesquita Filho” (UNESP-Botucatu) and obtained the Veterinary Medicine degree in 2008. She got a Master degree at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre - Brazil in 2011 under supervision of Prof. Dr. David Driemeier

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Dr. Valentina Ferrante

Valentina Ferrante is originally from the centre of Milano, but moved to the country in 1988 when married Massimo who is a DVM but mainly a dairy farmer. Here she discovered the farm animals; it goes back to those years the decision to dedicate her professional life trying to improve the living conditions of animals and

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