I graduated with a first class BSc (Hons) degree in Animal Science from the University of Essex in 2012. In 2011 I received funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) to complete an undergraduate research project investigating the effects of dietary supplements on the health and welfare of weanling piglets, which motivated me to pursue a career in research.
During my project I was able to combine a number of animal welfare measurements, including behavioural indicators of animal welfare, whilst learning to work with large datasets and to use a variety of statistical analysis methods. The project provided valuable experience in planning and executing scientific trials.
You can look at my research poster here
The project was completed successfully and I received the The Novus International Prize for the best dissertation and the The Alice Noakes Memorial Charitable Trust Price for the best animal welfare project conducted. My research was accepted to be presented at the annual British Society of Animal Science (BSAS) conference and published in the conference proceedings.