The department has commissioned research into a wide range of animal welfare and management issues, including:
- Dog attack prevention, temperament testing and dangerous dogs;
- Understanding the factors involved in surrender of pets to shelters and pounds, reasons for euthanasia, and methods for improving adoption rates;
- Pet ownership statistics and trends;
- Sources of pet acquisition;
- Contributing factors and possible solutions to the cat overpopulation problem, including the issue of semi owned cats, mandatory desexing, early age desexing, and trap neuter release;
- Pet nuisance problems such as barking dogs;
- Pet welfare issues such as environmental enrichment;
- Microchipping of pets, including horses;
- Pets and veterinary care.
In addition, La Trobe University was commissioned to undertake a major research project in 2013 – called "Victorian Pet-Keeping Practices". Read more about this project and the results.