I am an experienced animal behaviour and welfare specialist, providing consultancy and carrying out research in the UK and internationally, and have spent the last 16 years working in academia, the charity sector and privately as a self-employed consultant.

As well as providing freelance consultancy to various governmental, private and third sector organisations in Asia, I am currently the Head of Behaviour for a large animal welfare organisation in the UK, providing welfare-driven, evidence-based educational resources and advice for companion animal professionals and owners, cross-directorial support to internal teams, reviewing funding applications, carrying out scoping and evaluation visits regarding funded initiatives, and providing consultancy and professional development training to overseas NGOs and governmental bodies. I sit on a number of working groups, formed to address targeted areas of animal welfare, including the lobbying of Members of Parliament to effect legislative change to improve animal welfare, using Human Behaviour Change methods.

I have previously held a senior lecturer role at Anglia Ruskin University, where I was also Chair of the Department of Life Sciences Research Ethics Panel, and was a teaching fellow at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh. Before gaining my PhD in the assessment of kennelled dog quality of life at the Royal Veterinary College, funded by Dogs Trust, I also worked as an Education Officer for the Scottish SPCA and as a Scientific Officer for the RSPCA. My interest and expertise in shelter animal welfare and clinical animal behaviour developed during my time at Bristol Veterinary School, University of Bristol, where I was a Senior Clinical Training Scholar in Cat Behaviour and Welfare, funded by Cats Protection.

Qualifications and memberships

Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (Higher Education) from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
PhD from the Royal Veterinary College, London
MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh
BSc(Hons) in Zoology from the University of Aberdeen
Member of the United Nations Association - UK
Member of the International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE)
Member of the Animal Welfare Research Network (AWRN)
Member of the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC)

Academic and research interests

I have a broad interest in animal behaviour and welfare, the ethics of animal use and their portrayal, and the monitoring and evaluation of animal welfare interventions, with a special interest and expertise in companion animals.


  • Yang, J., Langford, F. and Kiddie, J. (2021) Risk factors for aggressive behaviour in domestic dogs (Canis familiaris), as reported by owners in Mainland China. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 234

  • Kiddie, J., Bodymore, A., and Dittrich, A. (2017) Environmental Enrichment in Kennelled Pit Bull Terriers (Canis lupus familiaris). Animals 7(4), 27

  • Kiddie, J. and Collins, L. (2015) Identifying environmental and management factors that may be associated with the quality of life of kennelled dogs (Canis familiaris). Applied Animal Behaviour Science 167: 43-55

  • Kiddie, J.L. and Collins, L.M. (2014) Development and validation of a quality of life assessment tool for use in kennelled dogs (Canis familiaris). Applied Animal Behaviour Science 158: 57-68

  • Part, C.E., Kiddie, J.L., Hayes, W.A., Mills, D.S., Neville, R.F., Morton, D.B. and Collins, L.M. (2014) Physiological, physical and behavioural changes in dogs (Canis familiaris) when kennelled: Testing the validity of stress parameters. Physiology & Behaviour 133:260-271

  • Hayes, W.A., Mills, D.S., Neville, R.F., Kiddie, J. And Collins, L.M. (2011) Determination of the molar extinction coefficient for the ferric reducing/antioxidant power assay. Analytical Biochemistry 416: 202-205.

  • Kiddie, J.L. and Casey, R.A. (2010) Owner reported coping styles and occurence of undesirable behaviors in domestic cats. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research 5: 31-31.

  • Kiddie, J. (2009) Intercat Aggression Within the Household. Veterinary Nursing Journal 24: 51-52.

  • Kiddie, J. (2009) Inappropriate Elimination. CP Clinic.

  • Seawright, A., Casey, R., Kiddie, J., Murray, J., Gruffydd-Jones, T., Harvey, A., Hibbert, A. and Owen, L. (2008) A case of recurrent feline idiopathic cystitis: The control of clinical signs with behaviour therapy. Journal of Veterinary Behaviour: Clinical Applications and Research 3(1):32-38.

  • Casey, R. A., Kiddie, J. and Bradshaw, J.W.S. (2007) The effect of behavior therapy for domestic cats with 'problem behaviors' on owner reported levels of emotional support. Journal of Veterinary Behaviour: Clinical Applications and Research 2(3): 98