RAULT JEAN-LOUP

Full Professor, Head of the Institute of Animal Husbandry and Animal Welfare, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria 

Employment

Full Professor, Head of the Institute of Animal Husbandry and Animal Welfare, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria 2017-Present

Senior Research Fellow, Animal Welfare Science Centre, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Australia. 2015-2017

Research Fellow, Animal Welfare Science Centre, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Australia. 2011- 2015

Education

Ph.D. in Animal Behavior and Well-being 2008 – 2011 Department of Animal Sciences, Purdue University / US Department of Agriculture-ARS-Livestock Behavior Research Unit, West Lafayette, IN, USA. Oxytocin as a welfare indicator related to the social environment: investigation and potential. Major Advisor: Dr. Donald Lay Jr.

M.S. in Research in Ethology 2006 - 2007 University of Paris XIII, Paris, France. MS thesis: French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), Animal Adaptation and Behavior Research Unit, Clermont-Ferrand/Theix, France. Major Advisors: Drs. Xavier Boivin and Alain Boissy.

B.S. and M.S. in Animal Sciences 2001 - 2006 ESA School of Agriculture, Angers, France. Research and classwork at the University of Wyoming, USA (2004-2005), ISARA School of Agriculture, Lyon, France (2005) and University of Córdoba, Argentina (2006).

Professional accomplishments

My main research interest lies in positive social behaviour, with a focus on neuropeptides such as oxytocin for its role in socio-emotional processes and socio-behavioural development, and the benefits from social behaviour in the form of social support. Toward this end, I acquired knowledge from various fields: animal behaviour, stress physiology, neuroscience, immunology and molecular biology. My main research program focuses on the behavioural neurophysiology of positive social behaviour (prosocial behaviour), but I have also worked with humane methods of euthanasia and slaughter and free-range poultry farming systems.

Leadership activities

Representative on the Austrian Government Animal Welfare Council (‘Tierschutzrat’) Member ad hoc Group on animal welfare and laying hen production systems of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
Secretary of the International Society of Applied Ethology
Editorial Board member for the scientific journal Animals
Committee member, University of Melbourne Animal Ethics Committee
Alternate Member of the Animal Welfare Advisory Committee of the Victorian Government of Australia Standards Advisory Group member, Pigs RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme Standards, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals-Australia Member of the Scientific Committee and Certified Inspector for Humane Farm Animal Care, for swine, poultry, slaughter plan audits and product traceability. 2008-Present Assistant Editor. Animal Welfare: Focusing on the future. Eds D. Mellor and D. Bayvel. World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), Scientific and Technical Review, 33(1). 2014

 

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