a) Development of non-invasive markers of stress
Using salivary, fecal and urinary hormones to assess endocrine
status of humans, domestic and wild animals
b) Assessing the effects of stress during early development
(pre- & post- natal) on behavioral development
Welfare implications associated with weaning age and environment
in both pigs and horses; the impact of weaning age on cognition
in pigs; interest in studying early developmental issues
c) Assessment of animal welfare
Developing protocols to assess the processes by which humans
develop their attitudes toward animal welfare issues; developing
a novel concept to be used for undergraduate teaching and
potential stockperson training."
» Current Funding
Zanella, Templeman & Mendl (2001-2004)
" Hippocampal glucocorticoids mediate behavioral responses
to stress in piglets "
March of Dimes Foundation- Holzman et al. (2002-2005)
"Stress and pre-term delivery"
Animal Industry Coalition & Humane Society of the United
States - Zanella and Heleski (2002-2004)
"Animal Welfare Judging Teams: An Integrative Way to
Assess Animal Welfare"
Grants funded in 2003
USDA Higher Education Challenge Grant- Zanella,
Heleski, Laughlin and Snider (2003-2005)
Interactive Animal Welfare Assessment Course
Michigan State University Animal Behavior and Welfare Group
(MSU-ABWG) is the recipient of the Higher
Education Challenge Grant (USDA). The MSU team, Adroaldo
J. Zanella, Camie Heleski & Kirsty Laughlin (MSU-ABWG)
and Richard Snider (Department of Zoology), proposed to
develop an "Interactive Animal Welfare Assessment Course".
More than 20 research groups will be working with the MSU-
ABWG to run the interactive course. Dr. Theresa Bernardo,
The College of Veterinary Medicine, Information Technology
Group will assist the MSU-ABWG. The methodology to develop
the successful proposal evolved from the Animal Welfare
Judging/Assessment Concept, which was initially funded by
the Animal Industry Coalition, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Week and Humane Society of the United States.
National Pork Board - Kirkwood & Zanella (2003-2004)
Influence of gestation housing on sow welfare and productivity
Roy Kirkwood (CVM) and Adroaldo J. Zanella were awarded
a grant from the National Pork Board to develop strategies
to reduce aggression in group housed sows.