Professor Victoria Melfi

Dr, Lead | Animal & Agriculture Research Centre

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Professional information

With over 30 years within the zoo profession, as well as holding various academic appointments, I am a passionate advocate of professional/academic collaborations to gather data which can underpin evidence based practice, to achieve great animal welfare and conservation outcomes. I believe that empowering people, with the knowledge and skills, needed to implement evidence based practice is fundamental to successfully improving animal welfare and conservation. A central theme in my research, teaching and professional activities, is a keen interest in human-animal interactions; where an understanding of both are critical to enhance the lives of both parties. 

Research interests

I am interested in human-animal interactions: notably how animals impact our lives and how we impact theirs. 

My research, supervision and teaching spans human-animal interactions including animals in various contexts, where animals and humans interact in wild and captive situations. 

Much of my research has focussed on wildlife welfare and conservation.  I am also keen to explore similar themes in agriculture and companion animal science. 

Current research includes:

Establishing positive stakeholder engagement in wildlife conservation

Exploring the inter-dependence of stakeholders in Agriculture

Evaluating the value of zoos within communities

Education/Academic qualification

Zoology, PhD, Identification & evaluation of captive environmental factors that affect the behaviour of Sulawesi crested black macaques., Trinity College, Dublin

Oct 1998Jul 2001

Award Date: 1 Jan 2001

Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare, MSc, A wild captive comparison of Sulawesi macaque behaviour: a multi-zoo approach, University of Edinburgh

Oct 1996Sept 1997

Award Date: 1 Sept 1997

Agricultural and Food Sciences: Animal Science , BSc, Female reproductive status and male social rank in a troop of zoo-housed squirrel monkeys, University of Nottingham

Oct 1992Jul 1995

Award Date: 1 Jul 1995

External positions

JZAR | Managing Editor, European Association of Zoos and Aquaria

Jan 2017 → …


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