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Dr 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
Master of Science (with Distinction), The University of Edinburgh
Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare
Bachelor of Science (Honours), The University of Edinburgh

Research Interests

My main research interests lie in the integration of behavioural, physiological and statistical techniques to investigate animal welfare issues, primarily with those relating to modern livestock production. Project topics which I have worked on include: animal welfare, poultry, pigs, dogs, humane slaughter, euthanasia, animal transport, play behaviour & social networking, animal consciousness, pain, aggression and stress.


Graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2011 with a BSc (Hons) in Zoology and an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare. I then started a PhD in Animal Health at the University of Glasgow, which I completed in 2015, while working part-time as a research assistant. I then went on to do a one year post-doc at SRUC and then 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

2017-2020 PhD student - Stephanie Easton (Secondary Supervisor)


2017  Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Research activities & awards

  1. East Midlands Poultry Discussion Group

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar

  2. Introducing the Nex

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  3. The "Nex" big step: innovation and welfare

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

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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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