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Name TB Rodenburg

Job details
DescriptionSpecial Professor Animal Welfare
OrganizationDepartment of Animal Sciences
Organization UnitAdaptation Physiology
Regular availability
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Ancillary activities
  • Lid van het EFSA Panel Farm to Fork – Laying Hens - EFSA
    Nov 2020 - Nov 2023

  • Associate Editor Frontiers in Veterinary Science - Frontiers in Veterinary Science
    Jan 2020 - Present

  • Lid van de Raad voor Dieraangelegenheden (RDA) - RDA
    Jan 2019 - Present

  • Hoogleraar Dierenwelzijn - Universiteit Utrecht
    May 2018 - Present

  • Section Editor Poultry - Animal Welfare - UFAW
    Jan 2018 - Present


The research of Bas Rodenburg aims at improving the methodology for assessment of animal welfare. Rodenburg mainly wants to focus on behavioural indicators and methods where the animals themselves are ‘asked’ how they experience their livening conditions. A second important area is the study of behaviour and welfare of individual animals housed in social groups. Through automatic tracking of individual animals, Rodenburg aims to obtain a better understanding of social behaviour and use this information to improve health and welfare of group-housed animals. Rodenburg’s current research is mainly aimed towards the development of methods to measure behaviour and welfare of individual animals in groups. The area of Precision Livestock Farming is developing rapidly. These developments also allow better monitoring tools for individual animals. Using those methods allows detailed study of social behaviour and of health and welfare of specific individuals. His future research will also aim at the development of behavioural indicators that are indicative of animal welfare and the development of methods that allow to ‘ask’ the animals how they experience their living conditions. This will for instance be done by preference testing and cognitive bias testing. In a cognitive bias test, it can be assessed whether an animal is positive or negative about its living conditions. Together with the Centre for Sustainable Animal Stewardship (CenSAS) Rodenburg also wants to enter the dialogue with Dutch society on animal welfare.


Expert Profile
Social media
  Bas Rodenburg on Linkedin
  Bas Rodenburg on Twitter
  Bas Rodenburg on ResearchGate

Key publications
Publication lists


  • ADP-70224 - MSc Internship Adaptation Physiology
  • ADP-70424 - MSc Internship Adaptation Physiology
  • ADP-79224 - MSc Research Practice Adaptation Physiology
  • ADP-79324 - MSc Research Practice Adaptation Physiology
  • ADP-80424 - MSc Thesis Adaptation Physiology
  • ADP-80436 - MSc Thesis Adaptation Physiology
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