Krysta Morrissey

PhD Title

Krysta MorriseyBehavioural and nutritional management of non-beak trimmed hens in large furnished cages

PhD Supervisors

Dr Vicky Sandilands (SRUC) and Dr Tina Widowski (University of Guelph)


I have always known I wanted to work with animals for the rest of my life.  However, growing up in a large suburban city in Ontario, Canada, the only obvious choice was to become a veterinarian.  During my BSc in Animal Biology at the University of Guelph, I was introduced to the world of farming and was shown that there were other opportunities to work with animals.  This is when my interest in farm animal welfare started to develop.  I worked as a Summer Research Student for Dr Tina Widowski during my 3rd and 4th years in my undergraduate degree, helping with data collection for a range of projects.  This led me to undertake an MSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare, working under Dr Stephanie Torrey and Dr Tina Widowski.  The main focus of my MSc project was to evaluate the effect of dietary alterations on hunger in broiler breeder females.

Since graduating from my MSc program in 2012, I have taken on a PhD studentship with Dr Vicky Sandilands based at SRUC’s Avian Science Research Centre in Auchincruive.  This PhD project is entitled: “Behavioural and nutritional management of non-beak trimmed laying hens in large furnished cages” and will aim at identifying factors that support successful housing of non-beak trimmed hens within the UK industry.  As I am supported by both SRUC and the University of Guelph for this PhD, my hope is to return to Canada with the knowledge and experience I’ve gained while in Scotland and apply it to the Canadian egg industry.

Krysta Morrissey

PhD Student

Address: Animal & Veterinary Sciences, SRUC Avian Science Research Centre, Auchincruive, Ayr KA6 5HW

Telephone: 01292525037