Kordofan giraffes face local extinction if poaching continues4 August 2023Poaching of two Critically Endangered Kordofan giraffes per year could result in extinction in just 15 years within Cameroon’s Bénoué National Park without intervention. These are the alarming new findings of a University of Bristol and Bristol Zoological Society-led study published in the African Journal of Ecology.
Dogs provide critical support for homeless people, study finds25 July 2023Homeless people and their dogs have a mutually beneficial relationship, with the dogs providing critical support for their owners' emotional and mental health while owners make every effort to protect the dog and meet their welfare needs, new research has found.
New Teaching Building on the Langford Campus25 July 2023Bristol Veterinary School is getting a new, state of the art, teaching building at Langford. The new building will have two floors designed specifically for case-based, tutor-facilitated, small-group teaching and learning.
Just add water – garden ponds and bird baths help wildlife thrive, finds study28 June 2023Providing water sources in residential gardens helps wildlife thrive, according to new University of Bristol-led research. The study, published in Urban Ecosystems, compared the quantity and variety of wildlife visiting urban lake water sources and residential gardens in England and found no difference in the number of small-bodied wildlife that visited.
Pet rabbits need freedom to exercise, study finds25 April 2023Pet rabbits have higher levels of the stress hormone - corticosterone - and show activity rebound when kept in small hutches with restricted exercise, new research led by the University of Bristol Vet School has found. The research, funded by the RSPCA, highlights the importance that pairs of pet rabbits should have the freedom to exercise outside their home enclosure even when they are kept in hutches larger than the traditional size.
Predicting overheating in Thoroughbred racehorses14 March 2023Hotter, more humid weather conditions and a history of overheating may be factors in predicting whether a Thoroughbred racehorse will suffer an incident of exertional heat illness (EHI), according to new research led by the University of Bristol and published today [14 March] in Scientific Reports. The findings, based on data from British racecourses, could be used to reduce the risk of racehorses experiencing EHI, particularly given the warming climate and more frequent hot race days.
Study to look at separation anxiety in dogs27 February 2023Do you want to take part in vital research into separation anxiety in dogs? If so, the University of Bristol Veterinary School and the School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience wants to hear from you.
Scientists identify how repeated cocaine use increases addictiveness10 February 2023Scientists have identified the brain structures responsible for compulsive drug-seeking behaviours due to repeated use of cocaine. The findings, published in Biomedicines, identifies the structures involved and neural pathways activated with repeated exposure to the drug. Researchers hope the study could help inform treatment for drug addiction.
Milk restriction affects calves’ ability to learn24 January 2023New research has shown calves' ability to focus and learn are seriously affected when their milk allowance is suddenly reduced and that they could experience negative feelings of hunger. The study is published in Royal Society Biology Letters.