The Researchers


Laura Scullion Hall


Dr Laura Scullion Hall is a researcher in animal welfare at the University of Stirling in Scotland who works closely with industry to understand and improve the welfare of laboratory-housed dogs. Laura has trained dogs and other animals for 20 years and has an overarching interest in improving the welfare of dogs in the many situations in which they come into contact with humans. Following undergraduate research into the welfare of shelter dogs, and a BBSRC-funded PhD studentship in which she developed novel measures of welfare for the laboratory-housed dog, Laura developed the Refining Dog Care project to share good practice within industry. Her research has attracted awards, including those awarded by the Council for Science and Animal Welfare (C-SAW) and the National Centre for the 3Rs (NC3Rs).

Laura has hosted seminars and workshops, presented at conferences, lectured and provided training to industry and academia in the UK and abroad, including Spain, Germany, Czech Republic, Denmark and Canada. She is also experienced at providing support to industry in the design and implementation of welfare assessment, modification and training for dogs. She is a Fear-Free certified professional and a member of a number of professional and academic bodies including the Pet Professional Guild, BVBA, AWRN, LASA, UFAW, BERG and Stir3Rs, which she founded to promote the 3Rs at the University of Stirling. If you would like to find out more about the Refining Dog Care project and improving the welfare of laboratory-housed dogs, you can get in touch with Laura here.


Hannah Buchanan-Smith


Professor Hannah M. Buchanan-Smith strives to improve the well-being of captive animals by applying fundamental scientific research on their behaviour, ecology, evolution and welfare, with a focus on non-human primates and dogs. Given that humans are an inevitable part of the lives of all captive animals, the human-animal relationship, and its impact on welfare has been a research interest for many years. Hannah is currently involved in projects on human-animal relationships in laboratories, zoos and animal shelters, and actively tries to find practical ways to put her research into practice. She uses a multidisciplinary approach to welfare assessment, including physical, physiological and behavioural measures, and uses a robust evidence base to promote Refinements in animal care (Refinement is one of the 3Rs, the principles that underpin humane science). Hannah has a particular interest in understanding the relationship between animal welfare and quality of scientific output. She established and is Head the Behaviour and Evolution Research group at the University of Stirling, Scotland, where she currently lectures. She has published over 100 research articles, contributed to international guidelines and policy promoting good welfare for captive animals, as well as websites such as and

A list of publications can be found here.