About the Project
This PhD studentship will work within a large, multi-partner, EU-funded project ‘TechCare’ to identify welfare risks for small ruminants and to determine the opportunities to manage and improve sheep and goat welfare through the use of PLF. We will use behaviour and other welfare indicators to assess and validate the utility of different PLF approaches to manage aspects of animal welfare, and work with the wider team to implement practical approaches to improve welfare management for this sector.
The studentship is an exciting opportunity to be involved in a large European project, taking a multi-actor and interdisciplinary approach to improving the welfare of farmed small ruminants. The ideal students would have a background in animal welfare, animal behaviour, animal science, veterinary medicine or agriculture, and an interest in the use of sensor technology or practical applications to improve animal welfare.
The successful student will work with the Animal Behaviour and Welfare research team at SRUC, and the Moredun Research Institute. They will be registered at University of Edinburgh, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, where they will also be part of the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education.
We are seeking a motivated student, who is confident working with animals, and with people from different backgrounds, with some previous experience of research (such as completing an undergraduate student project). Students should have at least a BSc 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in a biological subject such as animal behaviour, animal welfare, animal science, agriculture, or veterinary medicine. A postgraduate MSc qualification would be desirable but is not essential. Interest in animal behaviour or welfare is essential, and a desire to make a practical difference to animal welfare on farm, through the use of novel approaches is important.
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