As part of our mission to be here for every dog and cat, Battersea is committed to supporting ground-breaking research that will benefit the lives of animals across the UK and beyond. We are proud to support the work of recognised organisations and academic institutions while working closely with other rescue centres on the practical application of these findings through our Battersea Academy. The Battersea Academy is an international centre of excellence in animal welfare, that educates and empowers rescue centres to do the best for dogs and cats with the resources they have.

On this page we will share opportunities to take part in research being carried out by organisations including Battersea, along with findings and other useful studies.

While we support the research aims of any studies we share, some opportunities have not been created by Battersea and we are not directly responsible for their content.

If you have any questions or comments about a research opportunity listed here, you are advised to get in contact with the researcher leading the study, whose contact details will always be provided.

Research partners

We are delighted to be working with a number of esteemed colleagues in animal welfare and research, including:

Dr Lauren Finka

Dr Lauren Finka is a Research Associate in the School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences and has a PhD in Animal behaviour and Welfare from the University of Lincoln, where she worked to develop measures to assess sociability in cats within the rehoming environment. She has over 10 years of experience working both practically and academically with cats.

Dr Finka also works with International Cat Care (ICatCare) and International Society for Feline Medicine (ISFM) on various behaviour and welfare projects. She also writes regular articles for cat magazine ‘Your Cat’ and is a regular invited speaker at applied welfare conferences such as the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes (ADCH).

Current research opportunites

Opportunities to take part in research are listed below:

You and your dog: Canine health and lifestyle survey

Nottingham Trent University are carrying out a big international survey of dogs and their owners. Its aim is to better understand the relationship between owners and their dog’s behaviour, lifestyles and wellbeing.

This questionnaire will take around 15-20 minutes to complete.

For questions relating to this survey, please contact Lauren Finka (

Take part