Fritha Langford




Fritha Langford is originally from Sheffield in England, but moved to Scotland to attend university and has not returned south of the border since. Fritha studied Marine and Environmental biology at the University of St. Andrews and decided two important things: firstly, animal behaviour was the area she would most like to study further and secondly, studying fish in Scotland was a little too cold for her liking. Fritha completed an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare (1999-2000) at the University of Edinburgh, particularly enthused by the welfare of farm animals. She carried out her master research on dairy calves supervised by Dan Weary at the University of British Columbia. On return she was awarded the UFAW Research Training Scholarship to undertake a PhD at the University of Edinburgh supervised by Michael Cockram. The PhD used non-invasive methods to characterise sleep in sheep and use the recognition of sleep to aid animal welfare studies. She has been working at SRUC in the Animal Behaviour and Welfare team since finishing her PhD (2005 to present).

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Animal welfare has been described as a complex, multi-faceted public policy issue which includes important scientific, ethical, and other dimensions. Improving our understanding of animal welfare, involves the fascinating study of animal behavior as well as the challenge of accessing the emotions of animals.

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