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    Dr Sarah Ellis

    Research Fellow

    School of Life Sciences
    College of Science

    About Sarah Ellis

    Present - Research Fellow (Cognitive measures of animal welfare), School of Life Sciences, University of Lincoln 2007 - 2012 - Research Associate (Feline Behaviour & Welfare), School of Life Sciences, University of Lincoln 2006 - 2007 - Lecturer (Animal Management), Askham Bryan College, York 2004 - 2006 - Extra-mural Tutor (Animal Behaviour & Welfare), Institute of Life Long Learning, Queen’s University Belfast

    Department Responsibilities

    Post-doctoral research in companion animal behaviour and welfare. Involved in PhD Supervision of: 2011 - Present, Lauren Finka (F/T) - The prediction of human sociability in the domestic cat 2010 - Present, Rachael King (P/T) - Factors affecting behavioural development of kittens Supervision of MSc Clinical Animal Behaviour Students and Undergraduate Dissertation Students Involved in the management of the Cat Welfare Centre (CWC), in particular the recruitment of cats and management of the volunteers (

    Subject Specialism

    Animal Behaviour, Welfare and Cognition. Human Animal Interactions (HAI)


    • PhD ‘Sensory enrichment for cats (Felis silvestris ca — Queen’s University Belfast, 2007
    • PG Diploma Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling, — University of Southampton, 2006
    • BSc (Hons) Zoology & Psychology, — University of Bristol, 2001


    • Development of chemical communication chapter for online feline ethogram — CEVA Sante Animale, 2012
    • Development of an online teaching aid - measuring animal behaviour — VetNet, 2011
    • Development of a virtual cat learning tool — VetNet, 2011
    • Individual Recognition Award — University of Lincoln, 2011
    • Development of a online teaching resource in the area of domestic cat behaviour — VetNet, 2010

    Professional Affiliations

    External Activities and Consultancy

    Co-chair for the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) guideline writing on Environmental Enrichment.
    One of the team of scientists on BBC Horizon’s ‘The Secret Lives of Cats’

    Research Interests

    Research Projects

    • The influence of dog ownership on the physical activity of older adults — ISAZ Waltham Collaborative Award in 2012
    • Sensitivity to reward change: a novel cognitive approach to understanding and measuring affective state in animals — BBSRC in 2012
    • The influence of visitor access on the welfare of kennelled dogs — Universities Federation for Animal Welfare in 2011
    • 5 year feline welfare project — 2007

    Research in the Lincoln Repository

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