Behaviour and psychology

Section edited by Daniel Mills

  1. Research article

    The effect of alphacypermethrin-treated mesh protection against African horse sickness virus vectors on jet stall microclimate, clinical variables and faecal glucocorticoid metabolites of horses

    African horse sickness (AHS) is of importance to health and international trade in horses worldwide. During export from and transit through AHS endemic countries or zones, physical and chemical measures to pro...

    Patrick Page, Andre Ganswindt, Johan Schoeman, Gert Venter and Alan Guthrie

    BMC Veterinary Research 2017 13:283

    Published on: 9 September 2017

  2. Research article

    Stimulating collaboration between human and veterinary health care professionals

    Despite the need to control outbreaks of (emerging) zoonotic diseases and the need for added value in comparative/translational medicine, jointly addressed in the One Health approach [One health Initiative (n....

    Björn G.M. Eussen, Jaap Schaveling, Maria J. Dragt and Robert Jan Blomme

    BMC Veterinary Research 2017 13:174

    Published on: 13 June 2017

  3. Research article

    Responsiveness of cats (Felidae) to silver vine (Actinidia polygama), Tatarian honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica), valerian (Valeriana officinalis) and catnip (Nepeta cataria)

    Olfactory stimulation is an often overlooked method of environmental enrichment for cats in captivity. The best known example of olfactory enrichment is the use of catnip, a plant that can cause an apparently ...

    Sebastiaan Bol, Jana Caspers, Lauren Buckingham, Gail Denise Anderson-Shelton, Carrie Ridgway, C. A. Tony Buffington, Stefan Schulz and Evelien M. Bunnik

    BMC Veterinary Research 2017 13:70

    Published on: 16 March 2017

  4. Methodology article

    Non-invasive assessment of adrenocortical activity as a measure of stress in giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis)

    Numbers of giraffes are declining rapidly in their native habitat. As giraffe research and conservation efforts increase, the demand for more complete measures of the impact of conservation interventions and t...

    Meredith J. Bashaw, Florian Sicks, Rupert Palme, Franz Schwarzenberger, Adrian S. W. Tordiffe and Andre Ganswindt

    BMC Veterinary Research 2016 12:235

    Published on: 18 October 2016

  5. Review

    Causes, consequences and biomarkers of stress in swine: an update

    In recent decades there has been a growing concern about animal stress on intensive pig farms due to the undesirable consequences that stress produces in the normal physiology of pigs and its effects on their ...

    Silvia Martínez-Miró, Fernando Tecles, Marina Ramón, Damián Escribano, Fuensanta Hernández, Josefa Madrid, Juan Orengo, Silvia Martínez-Subiela, Xavier Manteca and José Joaquín Cerón

    BMC Veterinary Research 2016 12:171

    Published on: 19 August 2016

  6. Research article

    Hypothalamic vasotocin and tyrosine hydroxylase levels following maternal care and selection for low mortality in laying hens

    Feather pecking and cannibalism are major concerns in poultry farming, both in terms of animal welfare and farm economics. Genetic selection and introduction of (aspects of) maternal care have been suggested a...

    Susie E Hewlett, Elly C Zeinstra, Frank JCM van Eerdenburg, TB Rodenburg, Peter JS van Kooten, FJ van der Staay and Rebecca E Nordquist

    BMC Veterinary Research 2014 10:167

    Published on: 31 July 2014

  7. Research article

    A critically appraised topic (CAT) to compare the effects of single and multi-cat housing on physiological and behavioural measures of stress in domestic cats in confined environments

    Domestic cats have evolved from solitary, asocial predators and whilst they may display social behaviours, they can still exist as solitary survivors. Over-population and relinquishment of pet cats are ubiquit...

    Lauren R Finka, Sarah LH Ellis and Jenny Stavisky

    BMC Veterinary Research 2014 10:73

    Published on: 22 March 2014

  8. Research article

    The effect of consignment to broodmare Sales on physiological stress measured by faecal glucocorticoid metabolites in pregnant Thoroughbred mares

    Validation of a method for the minimally-invasive measurement of physiological stress will help understanding of risk factors that may contribute to stress-associated events including recrudescence of Equid he...

    Martin Schulman, Annet Becker, Stefanie Ganswindt, Alan Guthrie, Tom Stout and Andre Ganswindt

    BMC Veterinary Research 2014 10:25

    Published on: 17 January 2014

  9. Research article

    Comparison of clinical examinations of back disorders and humans’ evaluation of back pain in riding school horses

    Questionnaires are a common tool to assess people’s opinion on a large scale or to sound them out about their subjective views. The caretakers’ opinion about animals’ “personality” has been used in many studie...

    Clémence Lesimple, Carole Fureix, Véronique Biquand and Martine Hausberger

    BMC Veterinary Research 2013 9:209

    Published on: 15 October 2013