Lab News

Nov. 9th, 2021

We have a lab picture!

We are back on campus! This photo was taken on a rare rainy day at UC Davis, outside of Meyer Hall where our lab room is. We have a full lab this year thanks to our bright undergraduate & graduate student researchers, and assistant specialist! Looking forward to a great academic year ahead, working with this wonderful group of researchers.
*Photo credit: Dr. Katy Teixeira


Oct. 15th, 2021

Congratulations to lab member Anthony David! Anthony received the 2021-2022 Ensemble Scholarship undergraduate award from the Long Beach Community Foundation. This scholarship provided Anthony with $5,000 towards his tuition, books, and fees. A well deserved award!

Anthony has helped out with many research projects in the lab. Currently he is working with undergraduate researchers Liam and Marielle on a survey project examining US veterinarian and behaviorist attitudes towards using video telemedicine with cats. Anthony also runs our lab’s Facebook page, with help from Marielle.


Sept 17th, 2021

We are so proud of lab members and undergraduate researchers Sherry and Makayla! Their research has been featured in Gizmodo! They have been recruiting participants for their project examining cat-cat interactions in the home.The quality of cat-cat interactions in the home greatly influences cat welfare. For example, inter-cat aggression is a common behavioral issue in cats, increasing the risk of injury, illness, relinquishment, and reduced welfare. It is important for cat owners to be able to read and interpret cat behavior, as cat behavior is often the first sign of health and welfare concerns in pets. We want to know how knowledgeable owners are of the resources their cats need and at identifying positive and negative behaviors displayed by their cats. Ultimately, we hope this research can help identify gaps in owners’ knowledge of cat behavior. Click on the link below to read more about their research!


Sept 16th, 2021

Congratulations to lab member and veterinary externship student, Henry Ascencio! Henry completed his veterinary externship examining the link between stereotypic behavior and intestinal parasites in African Lions in Uganda. Henry’s research was completed at the Uganda Wildlife Education Center, a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center in Entebbe, Uganda. Although we didn’t detect any associations between the lion’s stereotypic behaviors and parasite load, Henry learned how to run an independent research project, helped with health checks on Chimpanzees, provided medications to various species, and helped capture a monkey in the wild that required medical care and rehabilitation. We are so proud of Henry and his incredible work. Learn more about Henry’s experience in Uganda through the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Global Programs video¬† here:

Henry’s work was celebrated with a UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Global Programs presentation and dinner event on September 16, 2021. Henry is in his 3rd year as a DVM student at UC Davis.


Sept 9th, 2021

We have a lab logo!! A huge thank you to talented lab member and undergraduate researcher, Sherry. We love it! This logo represents the major agricultural, companion, and laboratory animal species we work with. Complete with UC Davis colors, blue and gold!

June 1st, 2021

Welcome to the lab, Grace Boone!

Grace is an animal welfare scientist with a MSc from Purdue University, and a BSc from Iowa State University. Grace’s position as an Assistant Specialist is funded by our ASPCA grant. She will be conducting research examining the use of video telemedicine compared to in-clinic visits for providing health and behavior care for companion cats. This project is running in collaboration with Dr. Melissa Bain from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

May 17th 2021

Congratulations to lab member and student veterinarian Henry Ascencio! He was recently awarded 2 scholarships for his veterinary externship in Uganda this summer. Henry’s research will examine the health and welfare of captive African lions at an animal rescue and sanctuary in Uganda. We wish Henry a smooth and safe trip to Uganda, and look forward to receiving updates about his research!

May 10th 2021

As a member of the UC Davis Working Anthrozoology Group, we are excited for the 2nd Annual WAG Lecture! Professor Emeritus Donald Broom from Cambridge University (UK) will be speaking on Tuesday May 18th at noon PST. Professor Broom was the very first appointed Professor in Animal Welfare in the world! See below for more information, and register here for this talk

March 2021

New publication: Using paper nest pucks to prevent barbering in C57BL/6 mice

This research examines how nesting materials may help improve laboratory mouse welfare. Click here to watch a 3-min video summarizing this research:  Nest puck study video

Link to the paper:

January 2021

We are excited to announce that we have received an ASPCA grant! This grant is focused on improving access to basic veterinary care for pets. Our research will examine the use of video telemedicine for improving access to veterinary care for companion cats. We are excited to get this research up and running this coming spring/summer 2021.

December 2020

We have a new publication! This survey research examines mental well-being in US and Canadian laboratory animal professionals working with animals in both industry, government, and academia. The aim of this research was to better understand factors that impact feelings of compassion fatigue, and identify beneficial components for support programs.

November 2020

Dr. Carly Moody was featured on the cover of the Laboratory Animal Science Professional (LAS Pro) Magazine’s October/November 2020 issue! In the picture Dr. Moody is holding a 7-week-old Sprague Dawley rat named Louis. He was involved in a study examining rat training procedures for reducing negative responses during handling and restraint.

After the study, Louis was adopted along with his cage mate Harvey. They are enjoying their new cushy life as pets.