Tag Archives: Animal behaviour

Let’s Talk Language

  Today I spoke to vet students studying veterinary welfare, ethics and animal behaviour. It was their first lecture dealing with Animal Behaviour and I wanted to speak about language. I can imagine they might think it is unimportant. But … Continue reading

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Happy Hens

I am at a seminar given by a guru in the world of animal welfare. This man is not a vet. He is a scientist and somewhat of a philosopher too. Professor David Mellor says that when an animal is … Continue reading

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Uncinate fasciculus

I learnt about this tract of brain matter while studying for my membership in Animal Behaviour. In a mentor’s recording on anxiety the words slipped past my ear. I had to replay it several times to make it out and … Continue reading

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Straw House

Remember the story of the three little pigs – each attempting escape from the wolf in their houses – one built of straw, one of sticks and one of bricks. The one built of straw did not fair well. One … Continue reading

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Disappointment

What is disappointment? I know it now. Having failed my oral Animal Behaviour membership exam the feeling is of huge disappointment. The word is not being enough. We are driving in the Byron hinterland when my friend calls my mobile … Continue reading

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Hemming Grey School Trousers

Today I have traces of my mother running through me. For lunch I cooked corn fritters. Jasper ate them like I did at his age – pulling them apart with his fingers and dunking them in mayonnaise. After we might … Continue reading

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Coolidge Effect

When an ethologist, Frank Beach, needed to name an effect he had noticed whereby male animals show a renewed interest in sex when presented with a new and receptive partner he chose to use the anecdote of the 30th President … Continue reading

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Nearly there…

The year has a way of picking up speed at the end.   Like a train with failing brakes – headlong down the mountain. Where’s the man with the Mars Bar when you need him?   Today is one of … Continue reading

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Room for Behaviour

A room full of behaviour vets.   Women mainly. We are described as the ones engaged in the fluffy, feel good stuff, but make no mistake about the science. It is heavy. There is long-term potentiation, serotonin, biochemistry and neuroanatomy, … Continue reading

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Letting the day slip away…

There is guilt of course. There is a lime green file. It is full of pages of neurology and psychopharmacology. It is mind bogglingly hard to fathom. When it starts to grind down to the DNA in the cell and … Continue reading

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