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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 Psychology at the University of Southampton and 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 BSc (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 head clinician at the Animal Behaviour Clinic at the University of Southampton which was open from 1999-2009. She is a member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors and an Honorary Member of the The Canine Training and Behaviour Society (formerly the UK Registry of Canine Behaviourists). She lectures nationally and internationally, on various aspects of animal behaviour and the human-animal bond.

She is a Member of Council of the Companion Animal Welfare Council, an independent advisory body under the chairmanship of Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior. She is Chair of the Programme Recognition Committee of the Animal Behaviour and Training Council. She is Deputy Chairperson of PATHWAY - a working party looking at pets and housing issues in the UK, chaired by Roger Gale MP.

She is a patron of the Rabbit Welfare Association.

In 2013 she was awarded an Honorary Membership of the British Veterinary Nursing Association for here contribution to the Veterinary Nursing profession

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.

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.

She was a co-founder of HOPE - the Homeless Owners with Pets project, now subsumed under the wing of the National Canine Defence League. She was a member of the advisory panel for the production of the 'Canine Code for Kids'. She was a member of the executive committee of SCAS (Society for Companion Animal Behaviour Studies) between 1995 –2002, and of British Veterinary Behaviour Association (formerly CABTSG -Companion Animal Behaviour Therapy Study Group), which is affiliated to the British Small Animal Veterinary Association, between 1995 and 2001. She was Honorary Secretary of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (1998-2001).





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.




Book Chapters



PSYC1005: Thinking Psychologically (coordinates and teaches)

PSYC3045: Perspectives of Human Animal Interactions

Supervises undergraduate projects

Supervises MSc projects

Dr Anne McBride
Building 44 Highfield Campus University of Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number:44/4062

Facsimile: (023) 8059 4597

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