I initially studied Zoology at Edinburgh University (2002-2006) which sparked a keen interest in evolution and parasitology. I later returned to Edinburgh University in 2013 to undertake a Master’s in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare during which I completed a project investigating behavioural evidence of pain in turkeys with foot pad dermatitis. In 2014 I completed a brief internship with the SRUC investigating the effects of ration quality on pig productivity, and returned to the institute the following year to begin my PhD in Neurobiology. I am currently studying at the INRA institute in Rennes for the first year of my PhD where I am evaluating behavioural evidence of pain and stress in piglets which have undergone the common farm practise of needle tooth resection. In 2017 I will return to Scotland to continue my PhD, focussing on neurophysiological indicators of pain and stress using samples collected during my time in France. I am interested in all aspects of animal behaviour and welfare, and find the effects of welfare and stress on pain perception, disease susceptibility, behaviour and productivity to be particularly fascinating.


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