Australia is home to over 25 million pets.
A wearable device or an app on your smart phone, could allow you to communicate or check in on or your animal while you’re at work. The opportunities are endless, however USQ researchers are working to ensure these potential interactions are well-informed and underpinned by principles of respect for animals.
The research focuses on applied animal computer interaction and provides some exciting insights on how we can apply these technologies across the broader community. Imagine the economic and time benefits to the agricultural industry, if farmers could easily monitor stock welfare remotely.
At a time when the Australian government is working with industry and State and Territory bodies to establish an agreed set of principles and practices for the Model Codes of Practice for Animal Wellbeing and Ethical Treatment of Animals, USQ’s research efforts could provide future tangible benefits to address ongoing concerns with animal welfare in Australia. Zoos can also stand to benefit from the outcomes of USQ research, by adopting digital technologies into their duty of care for animal welfare.
Combining the expertise of animal behaviourists, scientists and digital researchers, USQ is shaping the world of tomorrow for humans and animals alike.