Dr Jenna Kiddie

Head of Canine Behaviour

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Zoology, University of Aberdeen
  • MSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare, University of Edinburgh
  • PhD “Assessing Quality of Life in Kennelled Dogs”, Royal Veterinary College, University of London
  • PGCert(HE), Anglia Ruskin University

Jenna's role

Jenna is Head of Canine Behaviour at Dogs Trust. Jenna and her team work collaboratively with colleagues across Dogs Trust to create and review dog training and behaviour content and materials, to advise other teams on their campaigns and projects, and to advise, agree and implement policy changes. The team also provides post-adoption behaviour support to adopters.

Biography

Jenna’s interest in shelter animal behaviour and welfare first developed during her time at Bristol Veterinary School, where she completed a Senior Clinical Training Scholarship in Cat Behaviour and Welfare, funded by Cats Protection. She developed this interest further by gaining a PhD in the assessment of kennelled dog quality of life at the Royal Veterinary College, funded by Dogs Trust, working as an Education Officer with the Scottish SPCA and as a Scientific Officer for the RSPCA’s Companion Animal Department.

Jenna has greatly enjoyed sharing her knowledge and skills with students and other stakeholders both in the UK and abroad while working as a Teaching Fellow at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, as a freelance animal behaviour and welfare consultant, and as Senior Lecturer in Animal Behaviour and Welfare at Anglia Ruskin University, where she was also chair of the animal and environmental biology research ethics panel.

In her spare time Jenna enjoys keeping fit, especially through Thai kickboxing pad work, pole fitness and playing with her very active ‘geriatric’ cat, and travelling abroad regularly!

Selected publications

  • Kiddie J, Bodymore A, Dittrich A. Environmental Enrichment in Kennelled Pit Bull Terriers (Canis lupus familiaris). Animals. 2017; 7(4), 27.
    Kiddie J, Collins L. Identifying environmental and management factors that may be associated with the quality of life of kennelled dogs (Canis familiaris). Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 2015; 167: 43-55.
  • Kiddie JL, Collins LM. Development and validation of a quality of life assessment tool for use in kennelled dogs (Canis familiaris). Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 2014; 158: 57-68.
  • Part CE, Kiddie JL, Hayes WA, Mills DS, Neville RF, Morton DB, Collins LM. Physiological, physical and behavioural changes in dogs (Canis familiaris) when kennelled: Testing the validity of stress parameters. Physiology & Behaviour. 2014; 133:260-271.
  • Hayes WA, Mills DS, Neville RF, Kiddie J, Collins LM. Determination of the molar extinction coefficient for the ferric reducing/antioxidant power assay. Analytical Biochemistry. 2011; 416: 202-205.
  • Kiddie JL, Casey RA. Owner reported coping styles and occurence of undesirable behaviors in domestic cats. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research. 2010; 5: 31-31.
  • Kiddie J. Intercat Aggression Within the Household. Veterinary Nursing Journal. 2009; 24: 51-52.
  • Kiddie J. Inappropriate Elimination. CP Clinic. 2009.
  • Seawright A, Casey R, Kiddie J, Murray J, Gruffydd-Jones T, Harvey A, Hibbert A, Owen L. A case of recurrent feline idiopathic cystitis: The control of clinical signs with behaviour therapy. Journal of Veterinary Behaviour: Clinical Applications and Research. 2008; 3(1):32-38.
  • Kiddie J. I want to be alone. In: Essential Cattitude: An Insight into the Feline World, Ed: C. Bessant, Blackmore. 2008; Pp 35-37.
  • Casey A, Kiddie J, Bradshaw JWS. 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. 2007; 2(3): 98

Selected presentations

  • Kiddie J, Moesta A. Development and validation of a tool to assess quality of life in kennelled cats. Oral research paper presented at Veterinary Behaviour Symposium. July 12, 2018. Denver, Colorado, USA.
  • Kiddie J. Normal behaviour: new insights and implications for welfare. Oral review paper presented at British Veterinary Nursing Association Congress 2017. Kettering, UK.
  • Kiddie J, Grocutt E, Kelly S, Robertson M, Northrop A. The behavioural and physiological responses of horses to routine handling. Oral research paper presented at the 51st Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology. 7-10th August 2017. Aarhus, Denmark.
  • Kiddie J. Environmental Enrichment in Kennelled Pit Bull Terriers (Canis lupus familiaris). Oral research paper presented at the 49th Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology. 14th-17th September 2015. Sapporo, Japan.
  • Kiddie J. Assessing quality of life in kennelled dogs. Oral research paper presented at the Association of Dog and Cat Homes conference 2013. Birmingham, UK
  • Kiddie J, Collins L. Assessing quality of life in kennelled dogs. Oral research paper presented at the 45th Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology. 31st July – 4th July 2011. Indianapolis, USA
  • Kiddie JL, Casey RA. Owner reported coping styles and occurrence of undesirable behaviours in domestic cats. Oral research paper presented at the 7th International Veterinary Behaviour Meeting. 28th – 31st October 2009. Edinburgh, UK
  • Kiddie JL, Casey RA. The prevalence of, and risk factors for, owner directed aggression within the population of domestic cats in North Somerset. Oral research paper presented at ESVCE/ECVBM 2008.
  • Kiddie J. Dangerous Dogs; Nature or Nurture. Oral review paper presented at British Veterinary Nursing Association Congress 2007. Kettering, UK.