Staff profile

Jonathan  Amory

Dr Jonathan Amory

BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD


Principal Lecturer in Animal Behaviour and Welfare. Also generic research-based teaching such as statistics at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Module leader for BSc dissertations.


My research mainly encompasses how the many factors of the environment impact on the health and welfare of farmed animals and other species. I am particularly interested in the use of behavioural monitoring to identify health and welfare concerns, varying from lameness in dairy cattle to social network behaviour in zoo animals. In addition to research I am keen on knowledge transfer/exchange and am often engaged in communication with farmers, vets, industry and students regarding the importance of monitoring animal well-being and its major effects on animal production.


Teaching Certificate in Further and Higher Education (UCLAN)
PhD Pig Health and Welfare (Harper Adams University College)
MSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare (University of Edinburgh)
BSc (hons) Animal Science (University of Leeds)

Subject Areas

Animal Behaviour and Welfare
Research-based teaching


ORCID: 0000-0002-0047-8739

Selected research projects

2023-2026 £1.2 million from BBSRC: Dairy Cow Heat Stress Within Building Microclimates (with U. Reading, Essex and Cardiff)

2022 Enabling future sow nutrition research to include an investigation of the impact of a probiotic registered to be used in pigs has on the microbiome with Kemin Ltd. £48000 Research England KE fund

2022 Pig Behaviour and Welfare Innovation Centre with HIPRA Ltd. and Kemin Ltd. £30000 Research England KE fund

2022 Video Library for Behaviour and Training Professionals with Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC), and Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC). £27000 Research England KE fund

2020-21 Collaboration with Brenntag to investigate the impact sanitised water can have on animal health, using Brenntag’s proprietary chlorine dioxide technology Clorious2™

2020 Collaboration with Linton Zoo, Omnisense and Writtle University Colllege using local position technology to track giant tortoise species in a zoo (Aldabra and sulcate spp.)

2016 £250k for using biosensors to monitor welfare of cows at calving. Funding from SARIC (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Innovation Club) - a joint initiative between Research Councils and Industry.

2012 £820k from BBSRC for Cow tracking project (Lead Principal Investigator collaborating with University of Essex, University of Exeter and Royal Vet College

2012 £45k PhD studentship from Farm Animal Welfare Trust

2011 £2500 BBSRC graduate placement

2010 £3000 East Of England Development Agency (EEDA) innovation voucher working with Cambridge Temperature Concepts

Selected Publications

Chopra, K., H. R. Hodges, Z. E. Barker, J. A. Vázquez Diosdado, J. R. Amory, T. C. Cameron, D. P. Croft, N. J. Bell, and E. A. Codling. 2020. Proximity Interactions in a Permanently Housed Dairy Herd: Network Structure, Consistency, and Individual Differences. Front. Vet. Sci. 7. doi:10.3389/fvets.2020.583715

Amory, J. and Wainwright, N. (2018) Welfare of pigs during finishing. In: Wiseman, J. (ed.) (2018) Achieving sustainable production of pig meat. Volume 3 : Animal health and welfare. Cambridge: Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing.

Diosdado, J. A. V., Z. E. Barker, H. R. Hodges, J. R. Amory, D. P. Croft, N. J. Bell, and E. A. Codling. 2018. Space-use patterns highlight behavioural differences linked to lameness, parity, and days in milk in barn-housed dairy cows. PLOS ONE. 13:e0208424. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0208424.

Barker, Z. E., J. A. Vázquez Diosdado, E. A. Codling, N. J. Bell, H. R. Hodges, D. P. Croft, and J. R. Amory. 2018. Use of novel sensors combining local positioning and acceleration to measure feeding behavior differences associated with lameness in dairy cattle. Journal of Dairy Science. 101:6310–6321. doi:10.3168/jds.2016-12172.

Vasquez-Diosdado, J.A., Barker, Z.E, Hodges, H.R., Amory, J.R., Croft, D.P., Bell, N.J. and Codling, E.A. (2015). Classification of behaviour in housed dairy cows using an accelerometer-based activity monitoring system. Animal Biotelemetry 3: 15 doi:10.1186/s40317-015-0045-8

van Veggel, N. and Amory, J. (2014) ‘The impact of maths support tutorials for HE Animal Science students’, Advances in Animal Biosciences. Science into Practice: planning for intensification, 5(1), 187.

van Veggel, N. and Amory, J. (2014) ‘The impact of maths support tutorials on mathematics confidence and academic performance in a cohort of HE Animal Science students’, PeerJ, 2: e463.

Blackie N, Bleach E C L, Amory J R, and Scaife J R (2013). Associations between locomotion score and kinematic measures in dairy cows with varying hoof lesion types. Journal of Dairy Science 96: 3564–3572.

Barker, Z. E., Wright, J. L., Mason, S. A., Blowey, R. W., Amory, J. R. and Green, L. E. (2012) Uptake and effectiveness of interventions to reduce claw lesions in 40 dairy herds in the UK . Animal Welfare 21: 563-576

Blackie N., Amory J.R, Bleach E.C.L and Scaife J.R. (2011). The effect of lameness on lying behaviour of zero grazed Holstein dairy cattle. Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 134, 85-91.

Owen, Y. and Amory, J. R. (2011). Operant conditioning to reduce stress of capture. A case study employing operant conditioning to reduce transportation stress for red-bellied tamarins (Saguinus labiatus). Journal Applied Animal Welfare Science, 14:124-37.

Blackie N., Bleach E.C.L, Amory J.R and Scaife J.R. (2011). Impact of lameness on gait characteristics and lying behaviour of dairy cattle in early lactation. Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 129(2-4):67-73.