Petra Edwards

Petra Edwards

School of Animal and Veterinary Science

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology


I am an animal behaviour scientist investigating companion animal behaviour, training, welfare and human-animal interactions.

My PhD focused on how dogs experience their veterinary visits and investigating strategies that may reduce stress during veterinary care. My Honours research explored the different types of equipment pet owners use on their dogs in Australia.

I am an animal behaviour scientist investigating companion animal behaviour, training, welfare and human-animal interactions. 

My PhD research focused on how dogs experience their veterinary visits and aspects of veterinary care that can be stressful for dogs: physical examinations and nail trims. My research also encompasses veterinary professional attitudes to stress reducing veterinary practice and the potential barriers to implementation within the Australian veterinary industry..

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2022 Edwards, P. T., Smith, B. P., McArthur, M. L., & Hazel, S. J. (2022). At the heart of a dog's veterinary experience: Heart rate responses in dogs vary across a standard physical examination. Journal of Veterinary Behavior, 51, 23-34.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2019 Edwards, P. T., Smith, B. P., McArthur, M. L., & Hazel, S. J. (2019). Fearful Fido: Investigating dog experience in the veterinary context in an effort to reduce distress. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 213, 14-25.
    DOI Scopus16 WoS15
    2019 Edwards, P. T., Hazel, S. J., Browne, M., Serpell, J. A., McArthur, M. L., & Smith, B. P. (2019). Investigating risk factors that predict a dog’s fear during veterinary consultations. PLoS ONE, 14(7), 18 pages.
    DOI Scopus14 WoS13 Europe PMC5

Tutoring and demonstrating into the BSc. Animal Behaviour and Science degrees for courses: Principles in Animal Behaviour, Welfare and Ethics, Animal Management, Applied Animal Behaviour Analysis, Advanced Applications in Animal Behaviour.


Connect With Me
External Profiles

Other Links