Department:School of Life Sciences
Dr Wanda McCormick's expertise lies in the physiological impacts of animal welfare challenges, with a particular focus on how we feed animals in captivity. Her research spans farm, companion and exotic species.
Wanda studied her BSc (Hons) Zoology at Cardiff University followed by an MRes Biological Sciences and PhD Physiology at University of Manchester. From 2008-2017 she was based at Moulton College, Northamptonshire, where she led the development of a wide variety of undergraduate programmes as well as developing commercial research.
With a strong industry focus, Wanda’s research has led to her working with a wide range of animal feed companies as well as organisations such as the Pet Food Manufacturers Association, Pet Industry Federation, Centre of Applied Pet Ethology, RSPCA and British and Irish Association for Zoos and Aquariums.
With a focus on animal nutrition I have explored topics such as calcium homeostasis in dairy cattle and factors affecting feed selection. Most recently I have been undertaking several projects exploring the specific details surrounding how we feed rabbits and guinea pigs in captivity and how this affects their dental health as well as exploring dental health and diet links in dogs. I am also involved in research projects related to several aspects of animal behaviour such as personality (and how this affects animal welfare), social interactions, animal cognition, enclosure usage and assessments of stress, and have explored aspects of human-animal interactions such as attachment to pets and animal hoarding.
Wanda is a member of our Behavioural Ecology Research Group.
Wanda welcomes enquiries from prospective research students in the areas of her research interests.
Completed PhD supervisions:
Current PhD supervisions:
Samet, L. and McCormick, W., 2016. Research: Nutraceutical project (Letter). Veterinary Record [online], 178(5), pp.124.
Ellis, C.F., McCormick, W.D. and Tinarwo, A., 2017. An analysis of factors related to pet rabbit relinquishment in the UK. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 20(3), pp.230-239. doi: 10.1080/10888705.2017.1303381.
Oxley, J.A., Ellis, C.F. and McCormick, W.D., 2015. Potential signs of joint problems, dog owner awareness and the use of social media. Companion Animal, 20(9), pp.2.
Vaughan, E., McCormick, W. and Lowe, J., 2015. The acceptance of a novel diet for sugar gliders (Petaurus breviceps). BIAZA Research Newsletter, 16(1), pp.4.
Hawkins, P., Berdoy, M., Burn, C., Bursnall, D., Cruden, J., McCormick, W., Miller, A., Proctor, H., Whittaker, D., Jennings, M. and Hubrecht, R., 2015. Report of the 2014 RSPCA/UFAW Rodent Welfare Group meeting. Animal Technology and Welfare, April 2015, pp.19-28.
Di Martino, G., McCormick, W.D., Stefani, A.L., Gagliazzo, L., Marangon, S. and Bonfanti, L., 2015. The degree of acceptability of swine blood values at increasing levels of hemolysis evaluated through visual inspection versus automated quantification. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation, 27(3), pp.306–312 doi: 10.1177/1040638715585155.
Campion, K.L., McCormick, W.D., Warwicker, J., Bin Khayat, M.E., Atkinson-Dell, R., Steward, M.C., Delbridge, L., Mun, H.C., Conigrave, A.D. and Ward, D.T., 2015. Pathophysiological changes in extracellular pH modulate parathyroid calcium-sensing receptor activity and secretion via a histidine-independent mechanism. Journal of American Society of Nephrology, doi: 10.1681/ASN.2014070653.
Onyango, J., McCormick, W. and Chapman, S. 2014. Severe orf in lambs: Clinical description and response to treatment against secondary infection. Journal of Veterinary Medicine and Research, 1(2), pp.1007.
Renn, N., Onyango, J. and McCormick, W., 2014. Digital infrared thermal imaging and manual lameness scoring as a means for lameness detection in cattle. Veterinary Clinical Science, 2(2), pp.16-23.
Onyango, J., Mata, F., McCormick, W. and Chapman, S., 2014. Prevalence, risk factors and vaccination efficacy of contagious ovine ecthyma (orf) in England. Veterinary Record, doi: 10.1136/vr.102353.
McLennan, K. and McCormick, W.D., 2012. Coping with social stress in dairy cattle; the need for companionship. The Biologist.
McCormick, W.D., Atkinson-Dell, R., Campion, K.L., Mun, H.C., Conigrave, A.D. and Ward, D.T., 2010. Increased receptor stimulation elicits differential calcium-sensing receptort888 dephosphorylation. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 285(19), pp.14170-7.
Murray, R.D., Horsfield, J.E., McCormick, W.D., Williams, H.J. and Ward, D.T., 2008. Aetiopathogenesis, treatment and control of hypocalcaemia in dairy cattle: a review. Veterinary Record Review, 163, pp.561-565.
Davies, S.L., Ozawa, A., McCormick, W.D., Dvorak, M.M. and Ward, D.T., 2007. Protein kinase C-mediated phosphorylation of the calcium-sensing receptor is stimulated by receptor activation and attenuated by calyculin-sensitive phosphatase activity. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 282, pp.15048-15056.
Melfi, V.A., McCormick, W. and Gibbs, A., 2004. A preliminary assessment of how zoo visitors evaluate animal welfare according to enclosure style and the expression of behavior. Anthrozoos, 17(2), pp.98-108.
Al-Rubaye, Z., Al-Sherbaz, A., McCormick, W. and Turner, S., 2016. The use of multivariable sensor data to early detect lameness in sheep. Sensors in Food and Agriculture Conference, Churchill College, University of Cambridge. http://www.sensor100.com/SIFAA16/Program.html.
York, J., McCormick, W. and Walker, A. 2016. Vertical displacement of the equine withers and pelvis during trot on an aqua treadmill. 8th International Conference on Canine and Equine Locomotion, London UK.
Vogt, A. & McCormick, W., 2016. Habituation effects to frequent road transport in travel experienced sport horses. 67th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science, Belfast UK.
Ellis, C., McCormick, W. and Tinarwo, A., 2016. Why and how should we assess pet rabbit personality? International Society of Applied Ethology 10th meeting, Edinburgh UK.
McCormick, W., Catlin, J., McFarlane, C. and Kellett, J., 2016. Feed selection in guinea pigs (Cavia porcellus). Companion Animal Nutrition 2016, Moulton, Northamptonshire UK.
Nicola, K., Roberts, E. and McCormick, W., 2016. Food colour preferences in avian species. Companion Animal Nutrition 2016, Moulton, Northamptonshire UK.
Samet, L. and McCormick, W., 2016. Market review of pet food nutraceuticals for health and behaviour. Companion Animal Nutrition 2016, Moulton, Northamptonshire UK.
Ellis, C., McCormick, W. and Tinarwo, A. 2016. Rabbit relinquishment to two UK rescue centres and beyond. UFAW Recent advances in animal welfare science V, York UK.
Samet, L. and McCormick, W., 2016. The use of calming nutraceuticals in animal welfare: sedative versus anxiolytic impact. UFAW Recent advances in animal welfare science V, York UK.
Oxley, J.A., Ellis, C.F., McBride, A. and McCormick, W.D., 2016 A review of handling methods of rabbits within pet, laboratory and veterinary contexts. UFAW Recent advances in animal welfare science V, York UK.
Samet, L. and McCormick, W., 2015. Novel escape behaviours from traditional anxiety tests. RSPCA/UFAW Rodent & Rabbit Welfare Group Meeting, Newcastle UK.
Andrews, K., Lowe, J. and McCormick, W., 2015. Skull morphology of the domestic dog in relation to cephalic index. 69th AVTRW Annual Conference, RVC, London UK.
Oxley, J.A. and McCormick, W., 2015. The welfare of reptiles for consumption. 24th Annual ISAZ Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY.
Ratcliffe, J., McCormick, W.D. and Tinarwo, A., 2015. Causes of livestock vehicle accidents in the UK and the consequences for the animals involved. HSA International Symposium 2015: Recent Advances II, Zagreb, Croatia. doi: 10.13140/RG.2.1.2959.7203.
Dunster, C., McCormick, W. and Tedds, H., 2015. Nectar pot provision for rainbow lorikeets (Trichoglossus moluccanus) in a walk-through aviary. BIAZA Research Conference, Dublin, Ireland.
Rendle, J. and McCormick, W., 2014. Behaviour and enclosure use of captive parma wallabies (Macropus parma): An assessment of compatibility within a mixed-species enclosure. Australian Mammal Society Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
Di Martino, G., McCormick, W., Buniolo, F., Berto, G., Agnoletti, F. and Bonfanti, L., 2014. The effect of stocking density and feed formulation on the behaviour, health and growth of meat rabbits. Recent advances in animal welfare science IV: UFAW Animal Welfare Conference, York Merchant Adventurers’ Hall.
McLennan, K.M., Littlemore, J. and McCormick, W., 2014. The effects of a dynamic group system on the social bonds of dairy cattle. Recent advances in animal welfare science IV: UFAW Animal Welfare Conference, York Merchant Adventurers’ Hall.
Onyango, J., McCormick, W., Mata, F. and Chapman, S., 2014. Prevalence, risk factors and vaccination efficacy for contagious ovine ecythma (orf) in England. In: Proceedings of British Society of Animal Science, Nottingham. doi: 10.13140/RG.2.1.4647.2725.
Onyango, J., Mata, F., McCormick, W. and Chapman, S., 2014. Epidemiology of contagious ovine ecythma (orf) in England. In: Poster Proceedings of Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Veterinary Medicine, Dublin, Northern Ireland. Available at: http://www.svepm.org.uk/
McCormick, W.D., 2012. Recognising and Assessing Positive Welfare: Developing Positive Indicators for Use in Welfare Assessment. 8th International Conference on Methods and Techniques in Behavioural Research, Utrecht, the Netherlands. doi: 10.13140/RG.2.1.4909.4164.
Campion, K.L., McCormick W.D. and Ward, D.T., 2012. Pathophysiological changes in extracellular pH regulate calcium-sensing receptor responsiveness in HEK-293 and isolated parathyroid cells but not as a result of altered histidine residue ionisation. ICE/ECE 2012, Florence.
McLennan, K.M., Littlemore, J. and McCormick, W., 2012. The Effects of Short-Term Separation on Physiological Parameters of Dairy Cattle: Heart Rate Versus Cortisol. Proceedings of the Regional Meeting of the International Society of Applied Ethology, UK / Eire.
Ward, S.J., McCormick, W., Liste, G., Coleman, R. and Smith T., 2012. When sheep behave baaaa’d: The behaviour and welfare concerns associated with restraint fostering in the UK sheep farming industry. Proceedings of the Regional Meeting of the International Society of Applied Ethology, UK / Eire.
Ward, S.J., McCormick, W. and Liste, G., 2012. Fatter lambs from fostered mums: the benefits of fostering lambs on daily weight gain. Healthy Food from Healthy Animals; BSAS Annual Conference, Nottingham, UK.