Professor Alan Tilbrook

Professorial Research Fellow

Centre for Animal Science
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
a.tilbrook@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 62170

Overview

Professor Tilbrook is a national and international leader in animal welfare science. He is also internationally renowned for his research in animal science and biomedical science (endocrinology, neuroendocrinology, behaviour, stress, and reproduction). Professor Tilbrook has an outstanding balanced portfolio in leadership, strategic planning, research, academia, education and government. He has established The Animal Welfare Collaborative, a national initiative to improve the welfare of animals in Australia. The Animal Welfare Collaborative is led by four Australian universities, who make the science of animal welfare more accessible and usable and who act as a bridge for industries, governments, and community groups to work together to deliver better animal welfare outcomes for Australia. The Animal Welfare Collaborative provides non-partisan independence, credibility, and scientific rigour. Professor Tilbrook is the Chair and Research Champion of the National Animal Welfare Research, Development and Extension Strategy. He was a founding member of the Animal Welfare Science Centre and served as Deputy Director and Co-director of the Centre, was the Research Chief of Livestock and Farming Systems at the South Australian Research and Development Institute, was Deputy Head of the Department of Physiology at Monash University and has held many national and local leadership roles. Professor Tilbrook's research is conceptually driven with a multidisciplinary and integrative approach. He has developed cutting edge research programs across a range of species including sheep, pigs, poultry, cattle, goats, rodents, horses and humans. Professor Tilbrook places a huge emphasis on collaboration, training and professional development.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) Hons, University of Western Australia
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Western Australia

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • Assessment of the welfare of animals involves determining the physiological, behavioural, immunological and emotional status of the animal. Of these domains, assessing emotions (affective states) of animals is currently in its infancy. While experimental methods of assessing affective states have been developed, their application on-farm is impractical. The student will work in the highly productive and internationally recognised Animal Welfare teams at the CSIRO and UQ to develop, validate and apply novel on-farm measures of emotional states in feedlot cattle. The project will provide training in cutting edge research into animal welfare assessment using physiology and behaviour that will underpin the development of on farm measures of animal welfare.

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Publications

Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Assessment of the welfare of animals involves determining the physiological, behavioural, immunological and emotional status of the animal. Of these domains, assessing emotions (affective states) of animals is currently in its infancy. While experimental methods of assessing affective states have been developed, their application on-farm is impractical. The student will work in the highly productive and internationally recognised Animal Welfare teams at the CSIRO and UQ to develop, validate and apply novel on-farm measures of emotional states in feedlot cattle. The project will provide training in cutting edge research into animal welfare assessment using physiology and behaviour that will underpin the development of on farm measures of animal welfare.