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Global Conference on Animal Welfare


Ian J.H. Duncan

Ian Duncan was born and educated in Edinburgh, Scotland. He obtained a B.Sc. (Hons) in Agriculture from Edinburgh University and went on to study for his Ph.D. at the Poultry Research Centre (PRC), Edinburgh with a topic of frustration and conflict in the domestic fowl. He continued to work at the PRC on welfare topics in poultry for 20 years until he emigrated to Canada in 1989. He is Professor of Applied Ethology at the University of Guelph and also holds the oldest University Chair in Animal Welfare in North America. In his research, he is developing methods of asking farm animals what they feel about the conditions in which they are kept and the procedures to which they are subjected. He is also heavily involved in teaching, and his third-year undergraduate course on farm animal welfare has more than 150 students currently registered.