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

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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.

Duffy, D.L., Hsu, Y. and Serpell, J.A. Breed differences in canine aggression Applied Animal Behavior Science 114: 441-460, 2008.

Serpell, J.A. Factors influencing veterinary students’ career choices, and attitudes to animals Journal of Veterinary Medical Education 32: 491-496, , 2005.

Serpell, J.A. Effects of breed, sex, and neuter status on trainability in dogs Anthrozoös 18: 196-207, 2005.

Serpell, J.A. Factors influencing human attitudes to animals and their welfare Animal Welfare 13: S145-S151, 2004.

Hsu, Y., Liu-Severinghaus, L. & Serpell, J.A. Dog-keeping in Taiwan: Its contribution to the problem of free-roaming dogs Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science 6: 1-23, 2003.

Serpell, J.A. Anthropomorphism and anthropomorphic selection – beyond the “cute response” Society & Animals 11: 83-100, 2003.

Hsu, Y. & Serpell, J.A. Development and validation of a questionnaire for measuring behavior and temperament traits in pet dogs Journal of the AmericanVeterinary Medical Association 223: 1293-1300, 2003.

Serpell, J.A. Guardian spirits or demonic pets: the concept of the witch’s familiar in early modern England, 1530-1712 The Animal/Human Boundary : 157-190, 2002.

Podberscek, A.L., Hsu, Y. & Serpell, J.A. Evaluation of clomipramine as an adjunct to behavioural therapy in the treatment of separation-related problems in dogs Veterinary Record 145: 365-369, 1999.

Serpell, J.A. In the Company of Animals, 2nd (Revised) Edition : , 1996.

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

PhD University of Liverpool, Liverpool, 1980