Dr Lauren Samet

Research Officer


  • PhD Animal Welfare & Nutrition, University of Northampton.
  • MSc Animal Welfare, University of Northampton.
  • City & Guilds Levels 3 & 4 Certificates in Education & Training.
  • BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia.
  • Chair of EAZA European Zoo Nutrition Group (part of EAZA’s Research Committee)
  • JZAR Editorial Board member.
  • Member of the International Society of Applied Ethology (ISAE), the Animal Welfare Research Network (AWRN).


Lauren's role

Lauren is a Research Officer in the Behavioural Welfare Research Team. Her research interests in this role include the factors affecting and perceptions of canine behaviour and emotion, veterinary behavioural medicine, problem behaviours in dogs, and human-animal interactions. She has also collaborated across the larger research team and supported projects with both Generation Pup (feeding patterns and body condition scores) and the Human Behaviour Change team (Covid-19 survey).



Lauren has a PhD in Animal Behaviour and Nutrition, investigating the efficacy of dietary nutraceuticals in supporting canine behaviour. Prior to her PhD Lauren completed an MSc in Animal Welfare with distinction at the University of Northampton.

Lauren has a background in animal nutrition, having worked as both a pet and zoo nutritionist prior to starting her role with Dogs Trust in March 2019. She is Chair of the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA) European Nutrition Group and actively participates in many of their activities (including organising biennial conferences and content contribution for their Facebook page @EAZAnutrition).

Lauren’s other previous roles include associate lecturer and residential warden at a higher education college and working as a Canine Welfare Assistant at Woodgreen the Animals Charity. In the latter role Lauren gained first-hand experience of working in a rehoming centre, alongside building practical skills and knowledge in canine husbandry and behaviour.

In her spare time Lauren enjoys running, yoga, live music and visiting new places.


Projects Lauren is working on

Measuring the Human-Canine Animal Bond, Public Perceptions of Dog Behaviour & Emotion


Selected publications

Selected presentations

  • ISAZ 2021 - Lauren S - Redressing the balance Developing new questions to better represent dog investment in the human-canine animal bond
  • Current Status of Instrument Development in the Field of Human-Animal Interactions (HAI). ISAZ, 2020.
  • Diet and Feeding for Wellbeing: Early Findings from Generation Pup. Companion Animal Nutrition, 2020.
  • The Skinny on UK dog diets: early findings from the Generation Pup cohort study. ESVCN, 2019.
  • The effect of a herbal supplement on canine behaviour. ESVCN, 2018.
  • Sustaining Geriatric Hoofstock: Case studies of nutritional management for older ungulates at Marwell Wildlife. Sustainability in Zoo Animal Nutrition, 2018.
  • Market Review of Pet Food Nutraceuticals for Health & Behaviour. Companion Animal Nutrition Conference, 2016.
  • The efficacy of herbal nutraceuticals in captive animal welfare. The Centre of Animal Welfare & Anthrozoology Seminar series, 2016.

Selected posters

  • Samet L, Samet L, Shotton J. A case of nutritional imbalance in Schalow’s turaco (Tauraco schalowi) chicks. EAZA Zoo Nutrition Conference, 2017.
  • Samet L, McCormick W. The use of calming nutraceuticals in Animal Welfare: Sedative versus Anxiolytic Impact. UFAW, 2016.
  • Samet L, McCormick W. Novel escape behaviours from traditional anxiety tests. RSPCA/UFAW Rodent & Rabbit Welfare Group Meeting, 2015.