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Dr Carri Westgarth BSc MPH PhD

Senior Lecturer in Human-Animal Interaction Livestock & One Health

Research

My research focus is human-animal interactions and companion animal welfare:

In particular:
dog walking and physical activity,
childhood development and pet ownership,
dog bite prevention,
overseas rescue dogs,
canine obesity and ageing,
and responsible dog ownership.

I use both quantitative (epidemiological) and qualitative (sociological) research methods.

I lead the cross-faculty seminar series CHAIR (Connecting Human-Animal Interaction Research) and the Merseyside Dog Safety Partnership www.merseydogsafe.co.uk

Research Grants

Exploring the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on dog owners’ healthcare seeking behaviour in relation to chronic conditions in dogs.

ANIMAL WELFARE FOUNDATION (UK)

September 2020 - April 2022

Can DAVE (Dog Assisted Virtual Environment) be used in the assessment of human behaviour towards dogs?

DOGS TRUST (UK)

April 2019 - September 2022

Development of a ‘Canine ageing and wellness’ tool for use in veterinary practice

PETSAVERS (UK)

January 2020 - May 2022

Using human-behaviour change principles to improve canine obesity and exercise levels

DOGS TRUST (UK)

October 2020 - September 2023

Prototype Virtual reality model for the use in the assessment and education of human behaviour towards dogs, and as therapy for Cynophobia?

DOGS TRUST (UK)

March 2018 - May 2018

Perceptions of dog bites: why do they occur and how can they be prevented?

DOGS TRUST (UK)

September 2016 - December 2019

Investigating the impacts of pet ownership on childhood behavioural, cognitive and educational outcomes

WALTHAM CENTRE FOR PET NUTRITION (UK)

October 2015 - July 2019

Understanding the role of dog ownership and walking for better human health.

MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL (MRC)

July 2011 - July 2016