Higher Degree by Research Candidate
School of Animal and Veterinary Science
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology
I am a PhD candidate undertaking research into training and enrichment to improve animal welfare, with an interest in how animal training might be applied across settings to help animals live a good life. I am investigating how scent work activities benefit companion dogs. My previous academic research looked at aggressive behaviour in native noisy miner birds and disruption of neurobiological reward pathways during learning in laying hens.
I am interested in research in animal training, behaviour, applied behaviour analysis, behaviour sciences, human-animal interactions, animal assistance sectors, working dog research, conservation biology, zoology and welfare.
Date Position Institution name 2015 - 2016 Puppy Educator Supervisor Assistance Dogs Australia 2013 - 2015 Manager Behaviour and Animal Services RSPCA South Australia 2010 - 2013 Wildlife Officer Save the Tasmanian Devil Program, Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment 2008 - 2020 Conservation Wildlife Officer ACT Parks and Wildlife
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2021 Award Griffith Award for Academic Excellence Griffith University Australia - 2020 Recognition School of Allied Health Sciences Award for Academic Excellence Griffith University Australia - 2020 Award Griffith Award for Academic Excellence Griffith University Australia - 2019 Scholarship Humane Society International Travel Award Humane Society International Australia $2000 2016 Award New England Award University of New England Australia - 2011 Scholarship Science, Engineering & Technology Konica Minolta Scholarship University of Tasmania Australia $3000 2009 Scholarship Lois and Alan Dann Scholarship in Science University of Tasmania Australia $9000
Language Competency English -
Date Institution name Country Title 2020 - 2022 Griffith University Australia Master of Applied Behaviour Analysis 2016 - 2019 University of New England Australia Masters Scientific Studies 2009 - 2011 University of Tasmania Australia Bachelor of Science
Date Title Institution name Country 2020 Certificate IV Small Business Management TAFE NSW Australia — Certificate IV Companion Animal Services TAFE NSW Australia — Certificate III Captive Animals Box Hill Institute Australia
Year Citation 2022 Fountain, J., & McDonald, P. G. (2022). Do differences in the availability of anthropogenic food resources influence the observed levels of agonistic behaviour in Noisy Miners (Manorina melanocephala)?. Emu, 122(1), 61-70.
2020 Fountain, J., Hazel, S. J., Ryan, T., & Taylor, P. S. (2020). Operant learning is disrupted when opioid reward pathways are blocked in the domesticated hen. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 232, 6 pages.
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Developed, coordinated, and lectured Applied Behaviour Analysis with Animals courses 4210AN_BEHAV3000RW & 4110AN_BEHAV3000RW in 2021 & 2022 at University of Adelaide.
Tutored and demonstrated in Animals in Society at University of New England 2018 & 2022.
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2022 - ongoing Co-Chair Association for Behaviour Analysis Australia Conference - Applied Animal Stream Association for Behaviour Analysis Australia Australia
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