Staff profile

Jonathan  Amory

Dr Jonathan Amory

BSc(hons), MSc, PhD

Role

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.

Biography

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 self-injurious behaviour in monkeys. 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.

Qualifications

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

Subject Areas

Animal Behaviour and Welfare
Statistics
Research-based teaching

Research

Research Funding

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

Currently supervising 3 PhD students

Selected Publications

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.463

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.