How can we tell if an animal is depressed?
Professor Mike Mendl is developing new ways of assessing animal welfare that work to improve the wellbeing and conditions of all animals.
If we could talk to the animals
Animals, like people, are more productive when they are treated well; a University of Melbourne researcher finds it also benefits the people who work with them
The changing disease climate
As climate change gives tropical diseases new opportunities to spread, University of Melbourne veterinary epidemiologists watch for patterns in animal disease.
Helping fish fight their own battles
University of Melbourne researchers have discovered what behaviours fish use to naturally avoid parasites, which will help develop healthier fish farms.
Farmed salmon are deaf – and now we know why
University of Melbourne scientists have discovered why farmed salmon are three times more likely to be deaf; raising concerns over animal welfare in aquaculture
Make sure your pets have festive fun too
The festive season poses all sorts of risks for our beloved pets, but with some careful planning they can enjoy the holidays too.
Why a cat’s whiskers are the bee’s knees
Whether being used to aid navigation, warn of incoming predators or mop up milk, whiskers are an important addition to a cat's senses.
Farmed salmon hard of hearing
Half of the world's farmed Atlantic salmon suffer from earbone deformities and associated hearing loss, according to new research.
Breaking: Pigs like cuddles too
Pigs produce more oxytocin or 'love hormone' after positive interaction with a human, suggesting they feel emotions just like we do, a world-first study shows.
Putting the chicken before the eggs
The proposed rules for limits in the number of hens per metre allowed in free range egg farms work to make us feel better, rather than ensure animal welfare.