The impact of social stress on animal health and welfare

Hazel, Susan J., and Lloyd, Janice K.F. (2016) The impact of social stress on animal health and welfare. Veterinary Journal, 207. pp. 8-9.

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[Extract] The review 'Social stress as a cause of diseases in farm animals: Current knowledge and future directions' by Dr Kathryn Proudfoot and Dr Gregory Habin from the Ohio State University, published in a recent issue of The Veterinary Journal, is an important contribution to progress our knowledge of the impact of social stress on animal health and welfare ( Proudfoot and Habin, 2015). As agricultural animals tend to be social in nature and live in groups, Proudfoot and Habin argue that some management practices act as social stressors in animals and that this can lead to an increased risk of disease. For example, with overcrowded cattle an increased risk of disease may not simply be due to an increased concentration of pathogens, but also due to social stress making them more susceptible to infection. As well as tying together existing knowledge, Proudfoot and Habin (2015) highlight current gaps in our knowledge that would benefit from future experimental and epidemiological research.

Item ID: 39956
Item Type: Article (Editorial)
ISSN: 1532-2971
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Guest editorial.

Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2015 06:30
FoR Codes: 30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3009 Veterinary sciences > 300999 Veterinary sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8399 Other Animal Production and Animal Primary Products > 839901 Animal Welfare @ 100%
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