I completed my veterinary degree in Japan and worked at a farm animal practice for five years. Then I worked in a zoo for a year. Over six years of experience as a veterinary practitioner, I gradually developed interests in animal behaviour and welfare. My particular interests are farm animal management that can prevent animals from illness and provide a better quality of life. In general, stress experienced by farm animals on commercial farms is most often associated with management. However, I always try not to forget economic aspects. It is not easy to ensure profitability when pursuing welfare, but I believe there is a way to create win-win situation for animals and farmers. My current PhD project focuses on stress associated with management during the dry period. The stress during pregnancy can have a detrimental effect on foetal development, and eventually affect offspring health and behaviour. My project has investigated how social stress experienced by pregnant cows affect the health and behaviour of calves.


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