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Jessica Martin

Senior Lecturer in Physiology and Animal Welfare

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Education/Academic qualification

2011Doctor in Philosophy, University of Glasgow
Animal Health
2010Master of Science (with Distinction), The University of Edinburgh
Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare
2005Bachelor of Science (Honours), The University of Edinburgh

Research Interests

My main research areas focus around combining behaviour and physiology to deepen our understanding of animal welfare issues. Project topics which I have worked on include: animal welfare, farm animals, lab animals, humane slaughter, euthanasia, animal transport, play behaviour & social networking, animal consciousness, pain, aggression and stress.


Graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a BSc (Hons) in Zoology and an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare. I then went into a PhD in Animal Health at the University of Glasgow, while working part-time as a research assistant. I returned to the University of Edinburgh and joined R(D)SVS in Dec 2015. I am now a Senior Lecturer in Physiology & Animal Welfare, undertaking independent and joint animal welfare and physiology focussed research.


MSc Equine Science

MSc in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law

MSc Applied Poultry Science

MSc Applied Animal Behaviour & Animal Welfare

MSc Clinical Animal Behaviour


Research students

2018-2021 PhD student - Stephanie Easton (Secondary Supervisor)

2020-2023 PhD student - Michelle Reeves (Secondary Supervisor)


2017  Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Research outputs

  1. Improving welfare in poultry slaughter

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  2. Effects of light on responses to Low Atmospheric Pressure Stunning in Broilers

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Research activities & awards

  1. Low atmospheric pressure stunning in pigs: Insights from analgesic and anxiolytic interventions

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesOral presentation

  2. WPSA/BSAS UK 2020 Spring Meeting

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

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Latest prizes

  1. Rising Star in Teaching

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  2. EPIC Young Poultry Person of the Year

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  3. Poultry Business New Product Award

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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