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Dr. Yolande Seddon

Adjunct Research Scientist, Ethology

Phone (306) 966-7151
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Yolande is based at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, is an adjunct member of staff at Prairie Swine Centre. Prior to joining the WCVM in January 2012, Yolande worked at the Prairie Swine Centre as a post-doctoral research associate with the ethology and welfare department. Yolande’s research focuses on the behaviour and welfare of farmed pigs and explores the interactions between management, pig behaviour, welfare and productivity, with a strong multidisciplinary and applied research approach.



  • September 2007- October 2011 Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: PhD titled ‘Development of improved disease monitoring tools and management strategies to promote health in finishing pigs.’
  • 2005-2006 Writtle Agricultural College, Essex, UK: MSc in Animal Biology and Welfare
  • 2002-2005 Myerscough Agricultural College, Lancashire, UK: BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour and Welfare

Professional Association Memberships

  • Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW)
  • International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE)
  • British Society of Animal Science (BSAS)
  • The Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law Veterinary Association (AWSELVA)

Current Research Program

  1. Management of the gestating sow
  2. Piglet pain behavior and management of pain
  3. Evaluation of stocking density on behaviour, welfare and productivity of nursery pigs

Selected Publications

  • Bilsborrow, K., Seddon, Y.M., Brown, J.A., Waldner, C. and Stookey, J.M. (2016) An investigation of a novel behavioural test for assessing pain in piglets following castration. Canadian Journal of Animal Science.  96: 376–38
  • Seddon, Y.M., Cain, P.J., Guy, J.H. and Edwards, S.A. (2013) Development of a spreadsheet based financial model for pig producers considering higher welfare farrowing systems. Livestock Science157 (1), 317 – 321
  • Cain, P.J., Guy, J.G., Seddon, Y., Baxter, E.M., Edwards, S.E. (2013) Estimating the economic impact of the adoption of novel non-crate sow farrowing systems in the UK. International Journal of Agricultural Management2(2), 113-118
  • Seddon, Y.M., Guy, J.H and Edwards, S.A. (2012) Optimising oral fluid collection from groups of pigs: Effect of housing system and provision of ropes. The Veterinary Journal193, (1), pp. 180 – 184
  • Guy, J.H., Cain, P.J., Seddon, Y.M., Baxter, E.M. and Edwards, S.A. (2012) Economic evaluation of high welfare indoor farrowing systems for pigs. Animal Welfare21 (SUPPL. 1), pp. 19 – 24.