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Dr Anne McBride BSc, PhD, FRSA

Senior Lecturer, Senior Lecturer in Human-Animal Interactions, and Animal Behaviour

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I am a Senior Lecturer within the School of Psychology at the University of Southampton, Year One Academic Tutor and member of the School’s student support team.

My area of interest is human-animal interactions and animal behaviour. My passion is to increase our understanding of what animals need, how we perceive them and interact with them, be they pets, farm, laboratory or living in the wild. In this way we can help improve animal welfare, reduce animal-related injury to people and help ensure a sustainable future world for both humans and animals.

It is important to understand there is no such thing as a stupid question, to ask "Why" of everything and to keep one's sense of curiosity alive.

Dr Anne McBride holds a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Psychology awarded by University College London in 1978. She was awarded her Doctorate in animal behaviour (Aspects of Social and Parental Behaviour in the European Rabbit) from the same institution in 1986. In 1992 she obtained a Certificate in Conservation and Ecology from Birkbeck College, London. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Dr McBride has been a practising animal behaviour therapist since 1987 and was the senior behaviour counsellor at the Animal Behaviour Clinic at the University of Southampton which ran from 1998-2009. She is an Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC) registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist. She lectures nationally and internationally, on various aspects of animal behaviour and the human-animal bond. She has also written extensively on the same topics.

Based at the University of Southampton, School of Psychology, she is a senior lecturer in the field of Applied Animal Behaviour and Human-Animal Interactions: her current research areas include: human attitudes, perceptions and interactions with animals, factors in the development of problem behaviours; the potential for robotic pets in Animal Assisted Therapy, issues relating to housing and pet owners.

She sits on various national and international organisations and advisory committees to do with animal welfare, responsible dog ownership, exotic animal welfare and ethics, animal behaviour and training, and the human-animal bond. She represents the University on the Ethics Committee of Marwell Zoological Park.

Anne is the current Chair of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors.

She is a Trustee of the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC) and a member of its Programme Recognition Committee.

She represents the ABTC on the governmental advisory body The Canine and Feline Sector Group and on the current BSI committee working on European standards for Assistance Dog trainers, and with the Ministry for Work and Pensions on the Public Access for Assistance Dogs working group.

She is a trustee of the Society of Companion Animal Studies.

She is Patron of the Rabbit Welfare Association.

She has acted as an expert witness in legal cases regarding animal welfare and animal behaviour for the defence, plaintiff and prosecution.

She has been an external examiner for several UK universities, has supervised over 40 MSc projects and co-supervised 2 PhDs to completion and has been an external examiner for Masters, DClin and PhDs.


In 2018 she was made Honorary Associate Member of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association
In 2014 she was made Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Veterinary Science at the University of Nottingham.
In 2013 she was made an Honorary Associate Member of the British Veterinary Nursing Association
In 2005 she was made patron of the Rabbit Welfare Fund.
In 2005 she was made an Honorary member of ASETRA – the Italian Veterinary Behaviour Association.
In 2004 she was made an Honorary member of the UK Registry of Canine Behaviourists (now The Canine Behaviour and Training Society).
In 2003 she was made an Honorary Teacher at the University of Bristol Veterinary School.
In 2001 she was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Myerscough College, University of Central Lancashire for her contribution to the field of pet behaviour.

Research interests

Current areas of research:

  • Small animal behaviour and welfare
  • Human factors influencing problem behaviour in animals
  • Human perceptions of and attitudes towards non-human animals
  • Interactions with Robotic pets
  • Homelessness and Pet Ownership

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Book Chapters




PSYC1005: Thinking Psychologically

PSYC3045: Perspectives of Human Animal Interactions

Supervises undergraduate projects

Supervises MSc projects

Supervises interdisciplinary PhDs

Dr Anne McBride
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