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Dr Paul Hocking

(Former employee or visitor)

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Education/Academic qualification

1978Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Reading
A crossbreeding experiment with Dairy Shorthorn and other breeds of cattle
1970Diploma in Genetics, University of Edinburgh
1969Bachelor of Science, University of Reading

Current Research Interests

Application of cutting edge genetic techniques to improve welfare and productivity in poultry.

Research Interests

PAUL HOCKING is involved in research to locate quantitative trait loci in the domestic fowl through the use of DNA markers and the application of these techniques to solve production and welfare problems. He is currently involved in research to identify the genetic control of multiple ovulation in broiler breeders to improve the welfare of food restricted broiler breeders. He has quantified the extent of genetic variation for a large number of phenotypes in chickens and is currently conducting a genetic diversity study of poultry breeds with the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. He curates 3 lines of chickens that inherit mutations causing blindness and conducts research into the genetic and environmental control of sight with other university groups in the UK. His group has recently developed a model for inducing foot pad dermatitis in turkeys that has elucidated the cause, and suggested solutions, to this serious clinical problem.

Research students

Brendan Duggan (PhD)

Khoo Choon-kiat (co-supervisor) (PhD)

Andrew Mason (co-supervisor) (PhD)

Connie Weber (MSc, Animal Welfare and Behaviour)

Anna MacMillan(MSc, Animal Welfare and Behaviour)

Administrative Roles


EFSA Panel on Animal Health and Welfare
Report: Scientific Opinion on welfare aspects of the management and housing of the grand-parent and parent stocks raised and kept for breeding purposes. EFSA Journal 2010; 8(7):1667. [81 pp.]. doi:10.2903/j.efsa.2010.1667. Available online: www.efsa.europa.eu

EFSA Panel on Animal Health and Welfare
Report: Scientific Opinion on the influence of genetic parameters on the welfare and the resistance to stress of commercial broilers. EFSA Journal 2010; 8 (7):1666. [82 pp.]. doi:10.2903/j.efsa.2010.1666. Available online: www.efsa.europa.eu

Vice-chair of the symposium committee; past President and Secretary WPSA UK Branch.

Vice President of the European Federation of WPSA Branches.

Member of the Board of the Gordon Memorial Foundation.

Assistant editor, board member and member of the business committee of British Poultry Science.


Chair of the Poultry Users Committee.

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