Laura Dixon
  • JF Niven Building, SAC Consulting

    KA6 5HW Ayr

    United Kingdom

  • Auchincruive Estate, SAC Consulting, JF Niven Building

    KA6 5HW Ayr

    United Kingdom


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Personal profile


I teach on a number of SRUC led and SRUC/University of Edinburgh collaborative programmes.

The modules/courses I lead are:

HNC Poultry Production:

- Avian Physiology

- Poultry Egg Production Systems

- Graded Unit

I was also interim director of this programme when the director was off on long term sick leave for the academic year 2014-2015.

BSc Applied Animal Science

- Keeping and Managing Animals

- Poultry Meat Production Systems

BSc Veterinary Nursing

- Clinical Animal Behaviour and Welfare

MSc International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Legislation

- Production Animal Welfare

MSc Applied Poultry Science

- Poultry Behaviour and Welfare in Commercial Systems

MSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare

- Deputy Programme Director



I have supervised over 60 MSc and BSc students from multiple programmes, such as:

BSc Applied Animal Science

MSc Applied Poultry Science

MSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare

MSc International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law

MSc Clinical Animal Behaviour

Some examples of student projects include:

- Exploring the link between human personality and interaction styles with cats (Felis catus) in shelter settings

- The behaviour and welfare of four commercial slow-growing broiler breeds housed indoors

- Developing a composite welfare assessment tool
for bears (Ursidae) in zoos

- Rescue me: qualification of the characteristics, personality, behaviour and health issues of rehomed retired racing greyhounds in Scotland

- The effect of feed restriction on sleep/ resting behaviour in broiler breeders

- Exploring the impact of active enrichment on the dog-owner bond

- Comparing novel and commercial broiler breeds to determine if novel breeds increase productivity whilst maintaining high welfare

- The Role of Enrichment in Improving Laying Hen and Pullet Welfare


I am also on the supervisory committees of 3 PhD students


Education/Academic qualification

PhD, An investigation into the motivation behind the abnormal behaviour of feather pecking in laying hens., Animal and Poultry Science, University of Guelph


Award Date: 5 Aug 2008

BSc (Hons) Animal Science, Dalhousie University


Award Date: 15 May 2002

External positions

University of Lincoln

1 Oct 2021 → …


  • S Agriculture (General)
  • Animal welfare
  • animal behaviour
  • Motivation
  • welfare assessment
  • hunger
  • sleep
  • QL Zoology


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