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    Research Interests

    Prof. Niamh O’Connell conducts farm animal health and welfare research in collaboration with post-doctoral research assistants (Maeve Palmer and Mary Baxter) and PhD students.  Niamh has specific expertise in applied, on-farm research work, and much of her research is funded by agri-food companies.  One of her research themes focusses on the welfare of poultry, and, in particular in recent years, on designing optimum housing environments for broiler chickens.  This includes work on the provision of different types of environmental enrichment (such as natural light, perches, foraging objects and dustbaths).  She is also involved in commercially-funded research to develop novel biocidal products for the agri-food sector, including products to treat digital dermatitis in dairy cows.  She also has a strong interest in developing new methods of assessing welfare, including the use of abattoir-based assessments to determine lifetime the welfare status of pigs.


    She has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers and is a member of the EU Platform for Animal Welfare.  


    Prof O'Connell is the Queens University co-ordinator of the BSc Agricultural Technology degree.  This degree is delivered through a collaborative partnership with the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise.  She also acts as Advisor of Studies for students on this pathway.  She also co-ordinates the undergraduate module in Farm Animal Health and Welfare (BIO3106)


    She teaches within the following pathways/modules:

     - MSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare

     - MSc Advanced Food Safety

    - Farm Animal Health and Welfare (undergraduate module for Agricultural Technology and Zoology students)

     - Advances in Crop and Animal Science and Technology (undergraduate module for Agricultural Technology students)

    Frequent Journals

    • Applied Animal Behaviour Science

      ISSNs: 0168-1591


      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 0.857 SNIP 1.216


    • Animal

      ISSNs: 1751-7311

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1751-732X

      Cambridge University Press

      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 0.791 SNIP 1.116


    • Animal Welfare

      ISSNs: 0962-7286

      Universities Federation for Animal Welfare

      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 0.696 SNIP 1.008


    • Journal of Dairy Science

      ISSNs: 0022-0302

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1525-3198

      Elsevier Limited

      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 1.34 SNIP 1.557


    • Livestock Production Science

      ISSNs: 0301-6226

      Elsevier BV


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