Laboratory for Ethology

The Ethology and Animal Welfare Research group is part of the Department of Veterinary and Biosciences. The group was originally founded in the early ‘90s by Prof. Em. Frank Ödberg as ‘Laboratory for Ethology’.

The research mission of the group is to develop and/or apply innovative scientific methods in systematic research that contributes to the knowledge about behaviour of animals and the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of welfare problems in animals managed by humans. Such animals include companion animals, farm animals, horses, laboratory animals and zoo animals.

The Ethology and Animal Welfare Research Group is also responsible for teaching future veterinarians and, each year, we supervise several students from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and from other faculties and institutions, for their master thesis work. Ethology is a part of several course units.

Finally, as part of its service to the public, the Ethology and Animal Welfare Research Group is available for questions about behaviour and welfare of companion animals, farm animals, horses, laboratory animals and zoo animals.