Animal Behaviour

Animal Behaviour is integral to our understanding of animals and how we interact with them. We understand the science behind why animals behave in certain ways to better manage and protect them.  

Animal behaviour can even help us to understand human behaviour. As leaders in this field, we pass on this wealth of research and teaching experience to our students.  

Detector Dog Akelah


Our research encompasses companion animals, wildlife, and production animals. Behaviour is a critical element of animal welfare and an important research focus. 

Our research focuses on the following main areas: 

  • Animal behaviour  
  • Animal welfare 
  • Human animal interactions (Anthrozoology) 
  • Animal training 

Our research 

  • Extensive undergraduate and postgraduate teaching

    Undergraduate degree

    Our Bachelor of Science (Animal Behaviour) degree enables students to study the behaviour of all animals including cats, dogs, birds, horses, livestock, and wildlife. Students will learn about the biological drivers of behaviour and animal training, while exploring their own personal animal interests through intriguing research projects and internships. 


    Enhance industry connections, and develop specialisations through our comprehensive honours program in Animal Behaviour, based at our world-class research and teaching facilities. Be under the supervision of leading practitioners in the field. Previous examples of honours projects include: ‘acoustic communication in alpacas,’ ‘novel markers of animal emotion’ and ‘management of cats in local councils of Australia.’  

    Contact our honours coordinators Alex Whittaker and Mandi Carr to discuss opportunities to develop an honours project. 

  • State-of-the-art facilities and centres

    Access our purpose-built veterinary teaching and research facilities. 

Three vet sci students on campus

Higher degree by research opportunities

Be involved in animal and veterinary science discovery, invention, and cutting-edge research through a higher degree by research. Join our Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy programs.   

HDR opportunities

Associate Professor Susan Hazel

Program Director for Bachelor of Science (Animal Behaviour)

Researcher profile