Personal Web Site: Krysta Morrissey's Site
During my BSc in Animal Biology at the University of Guelph, I worked as a Summer Research Student for Dr Tina Widowski and realized that there were many opportunities to work with animals other than in the veterinary field. This is when my interest in farm animal welfare started to develop leading 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 (i.e. by increasing fibre or bulkiness of the diet and adding appetite suppressants to the diets, as well as manipulating feeding frequency) 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 and Dr Tina Widowski. Although I am a University of Guelph student, I am based in Scotland and conducting my research at SRUC’s Avian Science Research Centre in Auchincruive. My 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.