Animal & Veterinary Sciences

Organization profile

Organisation profile

In AVS we have strengths in a number of areas particularly genetics, genomics, animal behaviour, nutrition and epidemiology. In addition we have skills in quantitative biology, genetic evaluations, analysis of behaviour and specific lab-based approaches. This mixture of skills allows us to research within discipline areas, for example using behavioural analysis to understand and resolve animal welfare issues, but also to integrate approaches in ‘systems’ research, for example in understanding host-pathogen interactions in diseases such as tuberculosis. Our animal breeding and poultry research teams are especially well linked to industry and both translate into outputs such as national breeding or feed evaluations. Our research is carried out on both our own SRUC farms and on commercial units. In the case of our genetics research we often use large national data sets. In addition to research we are active in teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and work in consultancy in the UK and internationally.

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swine Agriculture & Biology
broiler chickens Agriculture & Biology
dairy cattle Agriculture & Biology
animals Agriculture & Biology
cows Agriculture & Biology
sheep Agriculture & Biology
piglets Agriculture & Biology
lambs Agriculture & Biology

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Photo of Spiridoula Athanasiadou

Spiridoula Athanasiadou

Person: Academic contract that is both teaching and research

Photo of Georgios Banos

Georgios Banos

Person: Academic contract that is research only

Photo of Emma Baxter

Emma Baxter

Person: Academic contract that is research only


Projects 2013 2024

Egenes Evaluation Service

Coffey, M., Cosso, M. & Lepori, A.

Roslin Technologies Limited


Project: Research

ChickenStress MCSA

Sandilands, V.

European Commission


Project: Research

QBA Advice

Wemelsfelder, F.

The Donkey Sanctuary


Project: Research

Research Output 1989 2019

2 Citations (Scopus)
5 Downloads (Pure)

Advantages of social skills for contest resolution

Camerlink, I., Turner, SP., Farish, M. & Arnott, G., 29 May 2019, In : Royal Society Open Science. 6, 5, 181456.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Wounds and Injuries
Costs and Cost Analysis
Animal Welfare

Animal-mounted sensor technology to predict ‘time to calving’ in beef and dairy cows

Miller, G. A., Mitchell, MA., Barker, ZE., Giebel, K., Codling, E., Amory, J. & Duthie, C-A., 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

beef cows
sensors (equipment)
dairy cows

Animal personality in the management and welfare of pigs

O'Malley, C., Turner, SP., D'Eath, RB., Steibel, J., Bates, R., Ernst, C. & Siegford, J., Sep 2019, In : Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 218, 104821.

Research output: Contribution to journalLiterature review

physiological response



Green Gown Award

Eileen Wall (Recipient), Bob Rees (Recipient) & Veronika Eory (Recipient), 2010


Queen's Anniversary Prize

Eileen Wall (Recipient), Mike Coffey (Recipient) & Dave Roberts (Recipient), Oct 2017


Activities 2000 2019

Assessing the long-term consequences for pain in tail amputated pigs: A cautionary tail?

Dale Sandercock (Invited speaker)
25 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Mothers Matter: Managing the superprolific sow to optimise welfare and performance

Emma Baxter (Invited speaker)
6 Nov 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Pigs in Space

Emma Baxter (Invited speaker)
7 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Press / Media

Happy Pigs?

Emma Baxter, Kenneth Rutherford, Melvyn L Smith & Mark Hansen


1 item of Media coverage


Interpreting pig expressions

Emma Baxter, Kenneth Rutherford, Melvyn L Smith & Mark Hansen


1 item of Media coverage