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Donald Broom

Animal welfare science, animal behaviour and cognition, sustainable livestock production

Donald Broom has developed concepts and methods of scientific assessment of animal welfare and investigated: cognitive abilities of animals, the welfare of animals in relation to housing and transport, sustainable livestock production systems, behaviour problems, attitudes to animals and ethics of animal usage. Animals studied include: cattle, pigs, sheep, hens, ducks, farmed fish and dogs. Recent work has concerned sentience, domestic animal concepts and emotions, pain assessment in cattle and sheep, disease as a welfare problem and three-level silvopastoral systems.

Key Publications

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Broom, D.M. 1991.  Animal welfare: concepts and measurement.  Journal of Animal Science, 69, 4167-4175

Broom, D.M. and Johnson, K.G. 1993 (reprinted with corrections 2000).  Stress and Animal Welfare (pp. 211).  Dordrecht: Kluwer (formerly Chapman and Hall).

Broom, D.M., Galindo, F.A. and Murgueitio, E. 2013. Sustainable, efficient livestock production with high biodiversity and good welfare for animals. Proc. Roy.Soc. B. 280, 20132025. 

Broom, D.M. 2014. Sentience and Animal Welfare (pp. 200). Wallingford: CABI.

Broom, D.M. and Fraser, A.F. 2015. Domestic Animal Behaviour and Welfare, 5th edn. (pp 472). Wallingford: CABI.


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Professor Donald Broom

Emeritus Professor of Animal Welfare

Group members: 130 post-graduate and post-doctoral researchers 1986-2016


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    Questions asked in research:

    • How can we assess scientifically the welfare of animals in relation to the conditions in which they live and our treatment of them, including transport and other management?
    • How clever are domestic animals and to what extent do they have feelings?
    • What is the future for livestock production and the countryside and how can we develop systems acceptable to the general public?