Pain sensing system for animals

Ibrahim Al-Bahadly, Subhas Mukhopadhyay, Khalil Alkhumaisi

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Castration, tail docking and ear tagging are examples of painful process that the lambs in New Zealand undergo in their early life. Massey University is conducting a research to measure the pain sensitivity in animals based upon applying mechanical force. The research will help in better understanding the development of pain sensitivity in the animal, and hence improving the welfare of the lambs and other animals. The traditional measurement system is pneumatic and it has some associated drawbacks such as; inaccuracy in measuring the applied force, inconsistent rate of force application, leaks in the system, and issues of impracticality and safety.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-150
Number of pages24
JournalSensors & transducers
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • pain sensing
  • flexiforce
  • stepping motor

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