Dr Jenna Kiddie

Senior Lecturer in Animal Behaviour and Welfare

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology


Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Animal and environmental biology

Jenna is an experienced applied animal behaviour and welfare consultant and scientist, specialising in owned and kennelled companion animals

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Before joining Anglia Ruskin University early in 2014 Jenna was a Teaching Fellow at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh and a free-lance animal behaviour and welfare consultant. Previous to that she also worked as an Education Officer for the Scottish SPCA and a Scientific Officer for the RSPCA’s Companion Animal Department. Jenna enjoys providing continuing professional development for international welfare charities and universities and has recently developed and delivered animal behaviour and welfare lectures and workshops to university lecturers, veterinary students and welfare organisations in China and the Philippines. 

Research interests

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  • Welfare/quality of life assessment of companion animals, particularly cats and dogs living in a kennel environment, such as rehoming (shelter) facilities
  • Clinical animal behaviour
  • Companion animal population management

Jenna is a member of our Animal and Environment Research Group.

Find out more about our Animal and Environmental Sciences PhD including our exciting PhD project opportunities.


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Jenna is currently Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Module Leader for:

  • Animal Behaviour Counselling
  • Animal Learning and Training
  • Applied Ethology and Animal Welfare

Jenna also teaches on other Modules:

  • Introduction to Animal Behaviour and Welfare
  • Human Animal Management
  • Animal Health and Nutrition
  • Domestication and the Behaviour of Domestic and Captive Animals


  • MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare, University of Edinburgh
  • Senior Clinical Training Scholarship in Cat Behaviour and Welfare, University of Bristol
  • PhD: Assessing the Quality of Life in Kennelled Dogs, Royal Veterinary College
  • PG Cert in Learning and Teaching (Higher Education), Anglia Ruskin University
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Provisional member, Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors
  • Member, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare (APGAW)
  • Member, Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB)
  • Member, International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE)
  • Member, Animal Behavior Management Alliance
  • Past member of the behaviour expert panel of International Cat Care (formerly Feline Advisory Bureau)
  • University representative for the Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law Veterinary Association (AWSELVA)

Selected recent publications

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Kiddie, J. and Collins, L., 2015. Identifying environmental and management factors that may be associated with the quality of life of kennelled dogs (Canis familiaris). Applied Animal Behaviour Science 167, pp. 43-55.

Kiddie, J.L. and Collins, L.M., 2014. Development and validation of a quality of life assessment tool for use in kennelled dogs (Canis familiaris. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 158, pp. 57-68.

Part, C.E., Kiddie, J.L., Hayes, W.A., Mills, D.S., Neville, R.F., Morton, D.B. and Collins, L.M., 2014. Physiological, physical and behavioural changes in dogs (Canis familiaris) when kennelled: Testing the validity of stress parameters. Physiology & Behaviour 33, pp. 260-271.

Contributed to Complete Cat Care, published by Dorling Kindersley, 2014.

Hayes, W.A., Mills, D.S., Neville, R.F., Kiddie, J. and Collins, L.M., 2011. Determination of the molar extinction coefficient for the ferric reducing/antioxidant power assay. Analytical Biochemistry 416, pp. 202-205.

Kiddie, J.L. and Casey, R.A., 2010. Owner reported coping styles and occurrence of undesirable behaviors in domestic cats. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 5, p.31.

Kiddie, J., 2009. Intercat Aggression Within the Household. Veterinary Nursing Journal 24, pp. 51-52.

Kiddie, J., 2009. Inappropriate Elimination. CP Clinic.

Seawright, A., Casey, R., Kiddie, J., Murray, J., Gruffydd-Jones, T., Harvey, A., Hibbert, A. and Owen, L., 2008. A case of recurrent feline idiopathic cystitis: The control of clinical signs with behaviour therapy. Journal of Veterinary Behaviour: Clinical Applications and Research, 3 (1), pp.32-38.

Kiddie, J., 2008. I want to be alone. In: Bessant, C. (Ed.).Essential Cattitude: An Insight into the Feline World, pp.35-367. Blackmore.

Casey, R.A., Kiddie, J. and Bradshaw, J.W.S., 2007. The effect of behavior therapy for domestic cats with 'problem behaviors' on owner reported levels of emotional support. Journal of Veterinary Behaviour: Clinical Applications and Research, 2 (3), p.98.

Co-author of Cat Behaviour Described: http://catbehaviour.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/.

Recent presentations and conferences

Oral review paper: Companion Animal Population Control. 1st Anglia Ruskin University Animal Welfare Conference 2014.

Oral research paper: Assessing quality of life in kennelled dogs. ADCH conference 2013.

Oral research paper: Assessing quality of life in kennelled dogs. ISAE conference 2011.

Oral research paper: Owner reported coping styles and occurrence of undesirable behaviours in domestic cats. ESVCE/ECVBM 2009.

Oral research paper: The prevalence of, and risk factors for, owner directed aggression within the population of domestic cats in North Somerset. ESVCE/ECVBM 2008.

Oral review paper: Dangerous Dogs; Nature or Nurture. BVNA 2007.