Poultry Research

Chicken house
A part-time distance learning MSc course awarded by the University of Edinburgh.

The MSRC Poultry Unit has an excellent international reputation for high quality, innovative research in areas including nutrition and behaviour and welfare of poultry.

The features available to you include:

  • All aspects of the production cycle including hatching, laying, growing and processing
  • Access to experienced project managers
  • Academic expertise commensurate with university status
  • Well-equipped laboratory facilities
  • World-wide reputation for innovative poultry research
  • Client-focused environment

Recent Projects

  • Supplementation of poultry diets with selenium
  • Phytochemicals in the diets of poultry and their effects on intestinal microflora
  • Enzyme supplementation of poultry diets
  • Health and welfare of laying hens housed in various types and colony sizes of enriched cage
  • Welfare of hens during depopulation
  • Objectively measuring walking style (and thus leg health) in meat chickens
  • Use of organic acids in diets
  • Control of campylobacter in chickens
  • Evaluation of home-grown cereals and pulses
  • By-products from other industries e.g. biofuel production, brewing and distilling


  • Convenience of an integrated, single location facility
  • Tried and tested processes and procedures  
  • Multi-disciplinary team minimises the need for sub-contractors
  • Complete confidentiality
  • Opportunity for you to promote findings in scientific literature

Prof Jos Houdijk

Head of Monogastric Science Research Centre

Address: Animal & Veterinary Sciences, SRUC, Roslin Institute Building, Easter Bush, Midlothian EH25 9RG

Telephone: 01316034752

Fax: 0131 535 3121

E-mail: jos.houdijk@sruc.ac.uk

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