Department of Animal Science 

UC Davis - The University of California, Davis

Joy A. Mench.

Joy A. Mench, Ph.D.
Professor of Animal Science
and Vice Chair 

Phone: 530) 752-7125
FAX: (530) 752-0175



B.S., Biology, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California, 1976.
Ph.D., Ethology and Neurobiology, University of Sussex, Falmer, Sussex, England, 1983.


Research in my laboratory focuses on the assessment and improvement of animal welfare. I am particularly interested in developing environmental enrichment strategies for small laboratory animals (rodents, rabbits) and captive/domesticated birds. In addition, I conduct behavioral research on poultry (chickens, quail, ducks) directed toward improving aspects of their housing, handling, and management.

Current Graduate Students and Post Doctorates

Graduate student and postdoctoral research is an important part of daily activities in our laboratory. Click here for a list of current graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

Selected Publications

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Courses Taught

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Graduate Group Membership