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Wanda McCormick

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  • Senior Lecturer in Nutritional Biochemistry, Science

Accepting PhD Students

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20042019
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Research Interests

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.

Supervision


Current PGRs:

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)

 

PGRs supervised to completion:

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)

Biography

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 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.

Industry Connections

I work 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 and British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Education/Academic qualification

PGCE

Sep 2008Jun 2011

PhD, University of Manchester

Sep 2005Oct 2008

Master, University of Manchester

Sep 2004Aug 2005

Bachelor, Cardiff University

Sep 2000Jun 2004

External positions

External Examiner, Nottingham Trent University

1 Sep 2018 → …

External Examiner, Writtle University

1 Sep 2018 → …

Member of Research Engagement Group (unpaid), British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Sep 2016 → …

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Calcium-Sensing Receptors Medicine & Life Sciences
Contagious Ecthyma Medicine & Life Sciences
lameness Agriculture & Biology
sensors (equipment) Agriculture & Biology
zoos Agriculture & Biology
sheep Agriculture & Biology
animal welfare Agriculture & Biology
Macropus parma Agriculture & Biology

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Research Output 2004 2019

Perception of the ethical acceptability of live prey feeding to aquatic species kept in captivity.

Marshall, L., McCormick, W. & Cooke, G., 22 Aug 2019, In : PLoS ONE. 14, 8, p. 1-17 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Animals
aquariums
animals
zoos
Zoo Animals

A survey of rabbit handling methods within the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland

Oxley, J. A., Ellis, C., McBride, E. A. & McCormick, W. D., 25 Apr 2018, In : Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science. p. 1-12 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Ireland
Rabbits
Pets
Laboratory Personnel
Animal Hospitals

Behaviour and enclosure use of captive parma wallabies (Macropus parma): an assessment of compatibility within a mixed-species exhibit.

McCormick, W., Rendle, J. & Ward, S., 30 Apr 2018, In : Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research. 6, 2, p. 63-68 5 p., 2.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Macropus parma
zoos
foraging
urination
agonistic behavior
14 Downloads (Pure)

Details of canine hydrotherapy pools and treadmills in 22 hydrotherapy centres in the United Kingdom

McCormick, W., Oxley, J. A. & Spencer, N., 28 Jul 2018, In : Veterinary Record. 183, 4, p. 128-129 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Physical therapy
Exercise equipment
Industry

Sensor data classification for the indication of lameness in sheep

Al-Rubaye, Z., Al-Sherbaz, A., McCormick, W. D. & Turner, S. J., 11 Dec 2017, CollaborateCom 2017 - 13th EAI International Conference on Collaborative Computing: Networking, Applications and Worksharing. Edinburgh: Springer

Research output: Contribution to Book/Report typesChapterResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Sensors
Decision trees
Farms
Learning systems
Animals

Activities 2019 2019

  • 1 Invited talk
  • 1 Oral presentation

Feeding the nation's dogs: best friends and diet fads

Wanda McCormick (Speaker)
17 Sep 2019

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

McCormick Discusses her work on BBC The One Show

Wanda McCormick (Invited speaker)
17 May 2019

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkResearch

Press / Media

Why You Shouldn’t Feed Your Dog Vegan Pet Food

Wanda McCormick

12/09/19

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media

Vegan Diets May Be Healthy—But for Dogs, Not So Much

Wanda McCormick

28/09/184/10/18

2 items of Media coverage

Press/Media

Vegan dogs: Should canines go meat free?

Wanda McCormick

25/09/1826/09/18

2 items of Media coverage

Press/Media

Should dogs go vegan?

Wanda McCormick

25/09/18

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media

THE CONVERSATION: Should dogs go vegan?

Wanda McCormick

25/09/18

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media

Thesis

The welfare and production implications of fostering methods in sheep

Author: Ward, S., 2013

Supervisor: Littlemore, J. (Supervisor) & McCormick, W. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

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