New Bolton Center Kennett Square, PA
Emergencies & Appointments:
Ryan Hospital Philadelphia, PA


Marie A. Moore Professor of Ethics & Animal Welfare, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

Director, Center for the Interaction of Animals and Society., University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Areas: Companion animal welfare, Behavior–companion animal, human-animal interaction

Contact Information:
University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine, Dept. of Clinical Studies VHUP

Behavior and welfare of companion animals; development of human attitudes to animals; history of human-animal interactions; measurement of behavioral phenotypes in dogs and cats; ontogenesis of behavioral problems in companion and working dogs; animal-assisted therapeutic interventions.

Bowen, J., Fatjó, J., Serpell, J. A., Bulbena-Cabré, A., Leighton, E., Bulbena, A. First evidence for an association between joint hypermobility and excitability in a non-human species, the domestic dog Sci Rep 9: 8629, 2019.

Bray, E. E., Levy, K. M., Kennedy, B. S., Duffy, D. L., Serpell, J. A., MacLean, E. L. Predictive models of assistance dog training outcomes using the Canine Behavioral Assessment and Research Questionnaire and a standardized temperament evaluation Front Vet Sci 6: 49, 2019.

Edwards, P. T., Hazel, S. J., Browne, M., Serpell, J. A., McArthur, M. L., Smith, B. P. Investigating risk factors that predict a dog''s fear during veterinary consultations PLoS One 14: e0215416, 2019.

Serpell, J. A. How happy is your pet? The problem of subjectivity in the assessment of companion animal welfare Animal Welfare 28: 57-66, 2019.

Farhoody, P., Mallawaarachchi, I., Tarwater, P. M., Serpell, J. A., Duffy, D. L., Zink, C. Aggression toward familiar people, strangers, and conspecifics in gonadectomized and intact dogs Front Vet Sci 5: 18, 2018.

Canejo-Teixeira, R., Almiro, P. A., Serpell, J. A., Baptista, L. V., Niza, M. M. R. E. Evaluation of the factor structure of the Canine Behavioural Assessment and Research Questionnaire (C-BARQ) in European Portuguese PLoS One 13: e0209852, 2018.

Flint, H. E., Coe, J. B., Pearl, D. L., Serpell, J. A., Niel, L. Effect of training for dog fear identification on dog owner ratings of fear in familiar and unfamiliar dogs Applied Animal Behavior Science 208: 66-74, 2018.

McGreevy, P. D., Wilson, B., Starling, M. J., Serpell, J. A. Behavioural risks in male dogs with minimal lifetime exposure to gonadal hormones may complicate population-control benefits of desexing PLoS One 13: e0196284, 2018.

Hare, E., Kelsey, K. M., Serpell, J. A., Otto, C. M. Behavior differences between search-and-rescue and pet dogs Front Vet Sci 5: 118, 2018.

Dodman, N. H., Brown, D. C., Serpell, J. A. Associations between owner personality and psychological status and the prevalence of canine behavior problems PLoS One 13: e0192846, 2018.

BSc (Zoology) University College, University of London, 1974

PhD University of Liverpool, Liverpool, 1980