- BSc (Zoology), Cardiff University
- PhD, The University of Nottingham
- AFHEA, The University of Nottingham
Naomi is the Research Manager of the Behavioural Welfare Research Team. Her role is to manage internal canine behaviour-related research activities including but not limited to research projects generating novel data and evidence reviews to inform policy, practice and operational activity. An additional aspect of her role is to provide technical support and guidance about canine behaviour-related research to staff within wider Dogs Trust departments.
Naomi is a zoologist with a specialty in applied animal behaviour and veterinary health and welfare. Since November 2019 Naomi has been working at the Dogs Trust as a Research Manager in Canine Behaviour and she holds an honorary position as an Associate Professor of Companion Animal Behaviour and Welfare at the University of Nottingham. With a BSc in Zoology from Cardiff University and PhD in applied canine behaviour from the University of Nottingham, Naomi has a particular speciality in designing and validating methods for securing robust and valid measures of animal behaviour from their owners and carers. Naomi also has expertise in veterinary epidemiology, having successfully designed and led the Itchy Dog project to investigate the environmental and genetic risk factors for canine atopic dermatitis and its impact on dog behaviour. The success of her research has been underpinned with a broad and successful engagement of pet owners and vets. Her research interests lie in improving the evidence base for issues affecting companion animal welfare within the fields of veterinary medicine and clinical animal behaviour, to better inform how we manage and treat dogs to enhance their welfare.
Naomi has been privileged to live with a remarkable very well-bonded cat with whom she shared the past 20 years of her life. The recent departure of her feline-companion has left a very big hole in her life that she is hoping can be filled by a rescue dog (or two or three) in the near future to join her and her husband and their two adopted rabbits.
Projects Naomi is working on
Public Perceptions of Dog Behaviour & Emotion, The Impact of COVID-19 on Dog Welfare
- Harvey N. How old is my dog? Identification of rational age groupings in pet dogs based upon normative age-linked processes. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 2021.
- Christley R, Murray J, Anderson K, Buckland E, Casey R, Harvey N, Harris L, Holland K, McMillan K, Mead R, Owczarczak-Garstecka S, Upjohn M. Impact of the First COVID-19 Lockdown on Management of Pet Dogs in the UK.. Animals, 2020.
- Asher L, England G, Sommerville R, Harvey N. Teenage dogs? Evidence for adolescent-phase conflict behaviour and an association between attachment to humans and pubertal timing in the domestic dog. Biology Letters, 2020.
- Harvey N, Craigon P, Shaw S, Blott S, England G. Behavioural differences in dogs with atopic dermatitis imply stress could be a significant problem associated with chronic pruritus. Animals, 2019.
- Harvey N, Oxley J, Miguel-Pacheco G, Gosling E, Farnworth M. What Makes a Rabbit Cute? Preference for Rabbit Faces Differs according to Skull Morphology and Demographic Factors. Animals, 2019.
- Harvey N, Shaw S, Craigon P, Blott S, England G. Environmental risk factors for canine atopic dermatitis: a retrospective large-scale study in Labrador and golden retrievers. Veterinary Dermatology. 2019.
- Harvey N, Moesta A, Kappel S, Wongsaengchan C, Harris H, Craigon P, et al. Could Greater Time Spent Displaying Waking Inactivity in the Home Environment Be a Marker for a Depression-Like State in the Domestic Dog? Animals, 2019.
- Harvey N, Shaw S, Blott S, Vàzquez-Diosdado J, England G. Development and validation of a new standardised data collection tool to aid in the diagnosis of canine skin allergies. Scientific Reports, 2019.
- Harvey N. Adolescence. In: Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior. Springer International Publishing, 2019.
- Yon L, Williams E, Harvey N, Asher L. Development of a behavioural welfare assessment tool for routine use with captive elephants. PLoS One, 2019.
- Gosling E, Vázquez-Diosdado J, Harvey N. The Status of Pet Rabbit Breeding and Online Sales in the UK: A Glimpse into an Otherwise Elusive Industry. Animals, 2018.
- Harvey N, Daly C, Clark N, Ransford E, Wallace S, Yon L. Social interactions in two groups of zoo-housed adult female Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) that differ in relatedness. Animals, 2018.
Harvey N. Service Dogs. In: Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior. Springer International Publishing, 2018.
- Asher L, Harvey N, Green M, England G. Application of Survival Analysis and Multistate Modeling to Understand Animal Behavior: Examples from Guide Dogs. Frontiers in Veterinary Science. 2017.
- Harvey N, Craigon P, Blythe S, England G, Asher L. An evidence-based decision assistance model for predicting training outcome in juvenile guide dogs. PLoS One, 2017.
- Harvey N, Craigon P, Blythe S, England G, Asher L. Social rearing environment influences dog behavioral development. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 2016/
- Caron-Lormier G, Harvey N, England G, Asher L. Using the incidence and impact of behavioural conditions in guide dogs to investigate patterns in undesirable behaviour in dogs. Scientific Reports. 2016.
- Caron-Lormier G, Harvey N, England G, Asher L. A New Metric for Quantifying the Relative Impact of Risk Factors on Loss of Working Life Illustrated in a Population of Working Dogs. PLoS One, 2016.
- Harvey N, Craigon P, Sommerville R, Mcmillan C, Green M, England G, et al. Test-retest reliability and predictive validity of a juvenile guide dog behavior test. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 2016.
- Belshaw Z, Asher L, Harvey N, Dean R. Quality of life assessment in domestic dogs: An evidence-based rapid review. The Veterinary Journal, 2015.
- Williams E, Bremner-Harrison S, Harvey N, Evison E, Yon L. An investigation into resting behavior in Asian elephants in UK Zoos. Zoo Biology, 2015.