Pfizer BBSRC CASE studentship: Addressing Pain at Parturition in Pigs
Defra: Re-designing the farrowing environment from first principles to optimize animal welfare and economic performance
BBSRC: Perinatal programming of stress responses, nociceptive mechanisms and the welfare consequences
Prof Alistair Lawrence
graduated in 2004 with a BSc in Biological Sciences, specialising in
the final year in Zoology, including courses in Animal Behaviour and
Behavioural Ecology and a research project entitled: The use of
ultrasonic calls to assess pain in rats (Rattus norvegicus). This
interest in animal behaviour lead me to undertake an MSc in the subject,
including a research project entitled: A preliminary assessment of
environmental enrichment for captive coyote pups (Canis latrans), at a
USDA research centre in Utah.
After graduating in 2006 with an MSc, I started as a Research
Assistant at SRUC, working on various projects with cattle, sheep and
pigs. The main projects I have been involved in are with pigs,
including: pig aggression, prenatal stress, transport in hot climates
and re-designing farrowing environments to optimise animal welfare.
After gaining a range of experience in animal behaviour and welfare
research, in 2011, I started a 4 year PhD entitled: "Addressing pain at
parturition in the pig".
This research project aims to use experimental studies to
characterise pain at parturition in the pig, how pain relates to other
farrowing measures and consider pain relief, including an assessment
tool that could indicate where pain relief could best be applied. The
second part of the project involves a survey study to establish farmers
and veterinarians’ attitudes to pain in pigs, the level of analgesic use
and possible barriers to their increased use.
My current research interests include using measures to assess pain
in pigs and surveying attitudes to pain in pigs by experts who work
closely with them.
Address: Animal & Veterinary Sciences, SRUC, Roslin Institute Building, Easter Bush, Midlothian EH25 9RG
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