Wanda’s interests in animal welfare span all sectors of animal use. After spending a year researching elephant behaviour and mandrill nutrition at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, she went on to undertake postgraduate studies surrounding the nutrition of dairy cattle. Following her doctorate, Wanda spent 9 years teaching and carrying out research at an agricultural college. In this time, she built a wide range of industry links not just in the zoo and farm sectors but also increasingly in the companion animal industry.
Since joining UoN in 2018, Wanda has continued to develop her research interests and strengthen her collaborations with other researchers both inside and outside of UoN. She is pleased to have taken on the role of Deputy Subject Leader for Sport, Exercise and Life Sciences, and looks forward to supporting the growing team and the curriculum provision.
Wanda teaches on the following modules:
- SLS1006 Introduction to human physiology
- SLS1010 Introduction to human nutrition (module lead)
- SLS1013 Introduction to biochemistry and cell biology
- SLS2003 Nutritional perspectives of health and disease
- SLS2016 Processes of life: biochemistry
- SLS3008 Sport and exercise nutrition
- SPOM019 Applied practice
Wanda’s research interests cover a wide range of animal welfare topics, especially those surrounding the physiological impacts of welfare challenges in captive animals. Most of her current projects are focused around companion animal welfare, especially nutrition.
She works closely with a wide range of industry partners on applied animal welfare topics. These include pet food companies, such as Dodson & Horrell Ltd, and professional industry bodies, such as the Pet Food Manufacturers Association, Pet Industry Federation, Royal Society for the Protection of Animals, and British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
Wanda regularly reviews articles submitted to several journals such as Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research, and Frontiers in Veterinary Science.
Current PhD students:
- Mr Guido Di Martino – “Welfare issues in Italian heavy pig production.” (Current – self-funded; in collaboration with Prof Ian Livingstone & Dr Lee Machado)
- Ms Emily Holden – “The Health and Welfare of Ornamental Fish.” (Current – funded by Moulton College; in collaboration with Dr Chris Holt & Dr Gavan Cooke)
- Ms Claire Mitchell – “Morphometry of dog skulls: impact of shape on manduction and dental health.”(Current – self-funded / part funded by Moulton College and Dodson & Horrell Ltd; in collaboration with Dr Robin Crockett & Dr John Lowe)
- Mrs Zainab Al-Rubaye – “The use of multivariable wireless sensor data to early detect lameness in sheep.” (Current – funded by gorvernment of Iraq; in collaboration with Dr Scott Turner and Assoc Prof Ali Ali-Sherbaz)
- Ms Helen Tedds – “Evaluating the exotic pet trade: legal and ethical issues.” (Current – self-funded / part funded by Moulton College; in collaboration with Dr Simon Sneddon & Dr Ros Clubb)
- Ms Blessing Katampe – “The Contribution of Aquaculture to Poverty Alleviation/Food Security Among the Rural Poor in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.” (Current – funded by Government of Nigeria, in collaboration with Dr Chris Holt)
- Ms Clare Ellis – “Developing methods to assess personality in rabbits.” (Current – self-funded / part funded by Moulton College; in collaboration with Dr Chris Holt & Dr Ambrose Tinarwo)
- Ms Lauren Samet – “The use of herbal nutraceuticals to reduce stress in companion animals.” (Current – self-funded / part funded by Moulton College and Dodson & Horrell Ltd; in collaboration with Dr Alex Lehner & Dr John Lowe)
- Mr Joshua Onyango – “Epidemiology of contagious pustular dermatitis (orf) in sheep flocks across Great Britain.” (Current – self-funded / part funded by Moulton College; in collaboration with Dr Chris Holt)
Completed PhD students:
- Dr Emily Howard-Williams – “The validation of novel ecological survey methods for use in describing harvest mouse Micromys minutus autecology.” (2019 – funded by Moulton College)
- Dr Jessica York – “The use of aqua-treadmill in the rehabilitation of equine hindlimb lameness.” (2018 – funded by Moulton College)
- Dr Krista McLennan – “Social bonds in dairy cattle: effects of dynamic group systems on welfare and productivity.” (2013 – funded by Moulton College)
- Dr Sam Ward – “Welfare and production implications of fostering methods in sheep.” (2012 – funded by Moulton College)