SRUC is building a new mobile application for iOS and Android that will help users to assess emotional wellbeing in animals, using a method called Qualitative Behaviour Assessment (QBA). 

QBA asks you to describe and record the emotionally expressive qualities observed in your animals' behaviour and moving around. This might include whether the animals sit or walk in a way that is relaxed, anxious, confident, or agitated.

What the QBA app can do

The new app will:

  • show you how to assess the emotional expressions of any animal species you want to study
  • explain how to set up a project and create a list of 15-20 terms that describe the positive and negative emotions of the animals in your project
  • clarify how to score these emotions on a sliding scale ranging from ‘absent’ to ‘strongly present’
  • integrate scores and show the outcome in a chart for emotional wellbeing that compares your assessment to previous assessments of animals in your project
  • offer the possibility to record additional information (such as about housing) alongside any QBA assessment, with categories that you can customise to your needs
  • facilitate export of data from the app and connections with other API systems

Who can use the QBA app

The app can be applied to any animal species in any context, including farm, laboratory, kennelled, zoo and wild animals. Users can choose terms that are specifically meaningful to their organisation, based on their working and cultural environment. The app offers enhanced statistical reliability thanks to the contribution of a built-in algorithm for data normalisation by statistical experts at Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland (BioSS).

Register your interest

We would like to learn more about potential users. If you would like to be kept informed about the release of the QBA app, please register your interest here.

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