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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am willing to talk to applicants about projects related to a wide range of animal welfare topics. I am particularly interested in speaking with applicants wishing to explore projects in the following areas: - Nutrition and welfare of companion rabbits. - Nutrition and dental health of guinea pigs. - Welfare of tropical ornamental fish. - Alternative feeding of companion dogs.

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20042020

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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:

Ms Mel Bell - "The relationship between body shape and gait in healthy dogs." (Current - self funded; in collaboration with Dr Jo Wright)

Ms Stella Chapman-Guest - "An investigation into the veterinary care of animals being rehomed through the RSPCA in the North of England." (Current - self funded; in collaboration with Dr Noel Harris)

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)

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)

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 Zainab Al-Rubaye - "The use of multivariable wireless sensor data to early detect lameness in sheep." (2020 - funded by gorvernment of Iraq)

Dr Lauren Samet - "The use of herbal nutraceuticals to reduce stress in companion animals." (2020 - self-funded / part funded by Moulton College and Dodson & Horrell Ltd)

Dr Guido Di Martino - "Welfare issues in Italian heavy pig production." (2020 - self-funded)

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 hold the role of Deputy Subject Leader for 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, University of Northampton

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, University of Chester

1 Oct 201930 Sep 2023

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 → …

Keywords

  • QL Zoology
  • SF Animal culture
  • SH Aquaculture. Fisheries. Angling
  • QP Physiology

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Research Output

Herps across England: investigating the scale of reptile and amphibian trade

Tedds, H., McCormick, W., Sneddon, S., Ollerton, J. & Clubb, R., 1 Jul 2020.

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePoster

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  • 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 JournalArticle

    Open Access
    File
  • 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. 22, 3, p. 207-218 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

    Open Access
    File
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  • 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 JournalArticle

    Open Access
    File
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  • Sensor data classification for the indication of lameness in sheep

    Al-Rubaye, Z., Al-Sherbaz, A., McCormick, W. D. & Turner, S. J., 26 Sep 2018, Collaborative Computing: Networking, Applications and Worksharing: 13th International Conference, CollaborateCom 2017, Edinburgh, UK, December 11–13, 2017, Proceedings. Romdhani, I., Shu, L., Takahiro, H., Zhou, Z., Gordon, T. & Zeng, D. (eds.). 1 ed. Edinburgh: Springer International Publishing, p. 309-320 12 p. (Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series; vol. 252).

    Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportConference Contribution

    Open Access
    File
  • Analysis of Factors Relating to Companion Rabbits Relinquished to Two United Kingdom Rehoming Centers

    Ellis, C. F., McCormick, W. & Tinarwo, A., 21 Apr 2017, In : Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science. 20, 3, p. 230-239 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

    Open Access
    File
  • Activities

    • 9 Participating in a conference or workshop
    • 9 Oral presentation
    • 1 Workshop

    Legal compliance of pet food manufacturers producing complete vegan diets for sale in the United Kingdom

    Jessica Ritchie (Speaker) & Wanda McCormick (Speaker)

    13 Feb 2020

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

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    Exploration of rabbit personality traits - no convergence found between two tools

    Clare Ellis (Speaker), Wanda McCormick (Speaker) & Ambrose Tinarwo (Speaker)

    4 Mar 2020

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

    File

    How do human choices influence the feeding of their dogs?

    Wanda McCormick (Speaker)

    13 Feb 2020

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

    File

    Companion Animal Nutrition 2020

    Wanda McCormick (Participant) & Lauren Samet (Participant)

    13 Feb 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopParticipating in a conference or workshopResearch

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    Companion Animal Nutrition 2020

    Sarah Nzolamosi (Participant), Wanda McCormick (Participant) & Jodie Score (Participant)

    13 Feb 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopParticipating in a conference or workshopResearch

    File

    The Use of a Conservation Detection Dog for Establishing Micromys minutus (harvest mouse) Presence.

    Emily Howard-Williams (Speaker), Duncan McCollin (Speaker), Wanda McCormick (Speaker) & James Littlemore (Speaker)

    29 Mar 2020

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

    Companion Animal Nutrition 2020

    Wanda McCormick (Participant)

    13 Feb 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopParticipating in a conference or workshopResearch

    Companion Animal Nutrition 2020

    Kelsey Jones (Participant), Wanda McCormick (Participant) & Gavan Cooke (Participant)

    13 Feb 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopParticipating in a conference or workshopResearch

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    Press / Media

    Waterside pet food conference was the best in show

    Wanda McCormick

    21/02/2025/02/20

    2 items of Media coverage

    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

    Vegan dogs: should canines go meat free?

    Wanda McCormick

    24/09/18

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media

    Impacts

    Increasing Public Engagement with Dog Food Research

    Wanda McCormick (Principal Investigator)

    Impact: Social impacts, Cultural impacts, 12: Responsible Consumption and Production (UN SDG)