The Canine Athlete - Dr. J. Boyd from Nottingham Trent University

 17 May
 Middlesmoor Village Hall, Yorkshire Dales, HG3 5ST
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 Natasha Bujnoch
*All proceeds to Medical detection dogs. *Price: £10 including light lunch in the pub. *Limited Spaces so please pre-book here: "The presentation will take a scientific approach to the canine athlete. This will encompass all aspects of canine (and other animal) biology that will have an effect on performance output, from uncontrollable variables such as genetics, conformation, physiology through to the more controllable variables such as nutrition, training and handler-dog interactions. Monitor, assess and potentially enhance the performance output, longevity and health and welfare of the sporting dog with the help of scientific analysis, approaches and technologies. The presentation will cover current research being undertaken at Nottingham Trent University and consider how research findings can be applied to training, management and competitive strategies to maximise performance while minimising potential health and welfare issues." Dr Jacqueline Boyd is a Lecturer in Animal Science at Nottingham Trent University with diverse teaching and research interests relating to animal science (parasitology, cryptobiosis, performance animal biology and anthrozoology). Having always had an interest and desire to work with animals, Jacqueline directed her education to gaining both theoretical and applied knowledge and she now holds a BSc (Hons) in Zoology (Parasitology), an MSc in Animal Nutrition, a PhD in Genetics and a PGCHE. In addition to her academic background, Jacqueline has worked with production animals (dairy, beef cattle, pigs, game birds) and a range of domestic species, notably dogs and horses. This has been essential for developing an applied appreciation for the sectors, in addition to specific academic knowledge. Jacqueline also has working cocker spaniels who do agility, gundog work (beating and picking-up) and also get used in her teaching whenever possible! At present, Jacqueline’s main research focus is examining aspects of the canine athlete including conformation and kinematic analyses and she is a member of the Kennel Club’s Activities Health and Welfare Sub Group, although she also has research interests in the molecular and genetic basis of poultry nutrition, molecular parasitology and human-animal interactions (especially relating to dogs and horses).

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