Victoria Melfi

Dr, Professor, Lead | Animal & Agriculture Research Centre

  • 368 Citations
  • 13 h-Index

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Personal profile

Professional Information

With over 30 years within the zoo profession, as well as holding various academic appointments, I am a passionate advocate of professional/academic collaborations to gather data which can underpin evidence based practice, to achieve great animal welfare and conservation outcomes. I believe that empowering people, with the knowledge and skills, needed to implement evidence based practice is fundamental to successfully improving animal welfare and conservation. A central theme in my research, teaching and professional activities, is a keen interest in human-animal interactions; where an understanding of both are critical to enhance the lives of both parties. 

Research interests

I am interested in human-animal interactions: notably how animals impact our lives and how we impact theirs. 

My research, supervision and teaching spans human-animal interactions including animals in various contexts, where animals and humans interact in wild and captive situations. 

Much of my research has focussed on wildlife welfare and conservation.  I am also keen to explore similar themes in agriculture and companion animal science. 

Current research includes:

Establishing positive stakeholder engagement in wildlife conservation

Exploring the inter-dependence of stakeholders in Agriculture

Evaluating the value of zoos within communities

Education/Academic qualification

Zoology, PhD, Trinity College, Dublin

Oct 1998Jul 2001

Award Date: 1 Jan 2001

Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare, MSc, University of Edinburgh

Oct 1996Sep 1997

Award Date: 1 Sep 1997

Agricultural and Food Sciences: Animal Science , BSc, University of Nottingham

Oct 1992Jul 1995

Award Date: 1 Jan 1970

External positions

JZAR | Managing Editor, European Association of Zoos and Aquaria

Jan 2017 → …

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Research Output

Book Review: The Biology and Management of Animal Welfare

Melfi, V., May 2020, In : Animal Welfare. 29, 2, p. 225-226 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Effect of covering a visitor viewing area window on the behaviour of zoo-housed little penguins (Eudyptula minor)

Chiew, S. J., Butler, K. L., Sherwen, S. L., Coleman, G. J., Melfi, V., Burns, A. & Hemsworth, P. H., 20 Jul 2020, In : Animals. 10, 7, p. 1-21 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal Article

Open Access
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    Foraging enrichment alleviates oral repetitive behaviors in captive red-tailed black cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus banksii)

    Fangmeier, M. L., Burns, A. L., Melfi, V. A. & Meade, J., 1 Jan 2020, In : Zoo Biology. 39, 1, p. 3-12 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal Article

  • Problematic Animals in the Zoo: The Issue of Charismatic Megafauna

    Hosey, G., Melfi, V. & Ward, S. J., May 2020, Problematic Wildlife II: New Conservation and Management Challenges in the Human-Wildlife Interactions. Angelici, F. M. & Rossi, L. (eds.). Springer Nature Switzerland AG, p. 485-508 23 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

    The effect of behind-the-scenes encounters and interactive presentations on the welfare of captive servals (Leptailurus serval)

    Acaralp-Rehnberg, L. K., Coleman, G. J., Magrath, M. J. L., Melfi, V., Fanson, K. V. & Bland, I. M., 24 Apr 2020, In : Animals. 10, 4

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal Article

    Open Access
  • 7 Downloads (Pure)


    • 1 Conference Keynote speech

    How to increase and evidence impact in research

    Vicky Melfi (Speaker)

    23 Jul 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesConference Keynote speech