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University Centre Reaseheath

Dr Clare Ellis

Lecturer and Course Manager

Clare holds a BSc (Hons) Welfare of Animals (with Veterinary Nursing) from Myerscough College, MSc Animal Behaviour from Manchester Metropolitan University, and PGCE from University of Central Lancashire. Clare then completed her PhD in Animal Behaviour and Welfare at the University of Northampton, with her thesis on the development of animal personality assessment tools for rabbits. Prior to arriving at Reaseheath Clare worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate for the Elephant Welfare Group, based at University of Nottingham. Clare has experience as a Zookeeper, Zoo trainer and Presenter, and more recently managed the research, education and conservation activities at Twycross Zoo. Clare has also worked in domestic animal rescue, and lecturing roles at college, university and postgraduate levels.

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Research Interests and Publications

  • Welfare of captive wild animals (primarily mammalian species).
  • Development of welfare assessment tools.
  • Behaviour/ecology-based husbandry practice.
  • Animal personality assessment.

 

Clifford-Clarke, M. M., Whitehouse-Tedd, K., & Ellis, C. F. (2022). Conservation Education Impacts of Animal Ambassadors in Zoos. Journal of Zoological and Botanical Gardens3(1), 1-18.

Ellis, C.F., McCormick, W. and Tinarwo, A., (2017). Analysis of Factors Relating to Companion Rabbits Relinquished to Two United Kingdom Rehoming Centers. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 20(3), pp.230-239.

Oxley, J.A., Ellis, C.F., McBride, E.A. and McCormick, W.D., (2018). A survey of rabbit handling methods within the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, pp.1-12.

Presentations:
• 2020 – Exploration of rabbit personality traits – no convergence found between two tools, International Society for Applied Ethology, UK and Ireland Regional Meeting, University of Nottingham, UK
• 2018 – Exploring rabbit personality, RSPCA / UFAW Rodent and Rabbit Welfare Group, Francis Crick Institute, London, U.K
• 2018 – Zoo Keepers Develop Qualitative Behaviour Assessment Tool, BIAZA 20th Anniversary Research Conference, Paignton Zoo, UK.
• 2017 – Exploring consistencies in rabbit behaviour in response to human interactions, Postgraduate Researcher Conference, University of Northampton, UK.
• 2017 – Evaluation of environmental enrichment for meerkats, Association of British and Irish Wild Animal Keepers, Colchester Zoo, UK.

Clare previously sat on BIAZA’s research committee and reviewed papers for the Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research (JZAR), Applied Animal Behaviour Science (AABS) and Animal Welfare journal.

Animal Science Courses

Animal Science

BSc (Hons) in Applied Zoology 

3 Years

Full-Time

Animal Science

BSc (Hons) in Veterinary Nursing

4 Years

Full-Time

Access to Higher Education

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Land Based Studies)

1 Year

Full-Time

Animal Science

BSc (Hons) Zoo Management (Top-Up)

1 Year

Full-Time

Animal Science

Foundation Degree Zoo Management

2 Years

Full-Time

Animal Science

Foundation Degree in Animal Management (Behaviour and Welfare)

2 Years

Full-Time

Animal Science

BSc (Hons) Animal Management (Behaviour and Welfare) (Top-Up)

1 Year

Full-Time

Animal Science

BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour & Welfare (Including Foundation Year)

4 Years

Full-Time

Animal Science

BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour & Welfare

3 Years

Full-Time