Asking Animals

An Introduction to Animal Behaviour Testing

Paperback
May 2020
9781789240610
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  • Publisher
    CABI
  • Published
    12th May
  • ISBN 9781789240610
  • Language English
  • Pages 192 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
$60.00
Hardback
May 2020
9781789240603
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  • Publisher
    CABI
  • Published
    12th May
  • ISBN 9781789240603
  • Language English
  • Pages 192 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
$120.00

Contemporary, thought-provoking yet utterly practical, this book provides an introductory text covering the use and misuse of behavior tests applied to animals. By including illustrative examples from a variety of species, the book inspires the animal scientist to think about what a given behavioral test can be used for and how the results can be interpreted. This text includes: the dos and don'ts of running behavior tests and interpreting the results; many clear, simple illustrations which make the information readily accessible; down-to-earth, practical advice combined with a thorough, evidence-based approach; information on behavior tests for a whole range of species from companion, farm, zoo, laboratory and wild animals--all in in a succinct yet comprehensive text. This book is an essential item in the researcher's toolkit when embarking on and devising any animal behavior test and is valuable to students, established researchers, teachers and practitioners of applied ethology, animal welfare science, and veterinary science.

Key Points:

  • It introduces the use of animal behavior testing in a scientific (fact-based), but easy-to-understand manner, explaining the importance of a number of issues, such as ethical and practical considerations, when carrying out animal behavior tests
  • In contrast to existing books on the subject, it includes examples from a variety of species, focusing on animals managed by humans, and it takes the approach of observed behavior of the animals tested, and not their neurological changes
  • The format of the book motivates the reader to pick it up and to finish reading it because of its scientific, yet relaxed, fact-based writing style and numerous diagrams. It will not be an exhaustive list of all existing behavior tests, but will give illustrative examples to inspire further reading.

Section 1: Setting the scene
1. Five things this book is not
2. Non-test observations
3. How to choose a test?
Section 2: Types of tests
4. Tests to characterise the animal
5. Choice, preference and motivation
6. Ability to detect and distinguish
7. Effects of age and treatment
8. Reinforcement and punishment
9. Learning capacity, memory and cognitive ability
10. Genetic components of behaviour
Section 3: Additional aspects
11. Other test considerations
12. Legislation, guidelines and ethical considerations
13. Future methodologies and technological advances

Birte Lindstrom Nielsen

Birte Lindstrom Nielsen is with Institute Nationale de Recherche Agronomique (INRA), France.