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Dr.Tina Widowski
University of Guelph
Canada
Title: Impact of housing systems on welfare,health and behavior of pullets and laying hens

 

 

Biography:

Tina Widowski is Professor of Animal Biosciences and Director of the Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare at the University of Guelph, Ontario Canada. She is recognized internationally for her research on behavior and welfare of farm animals. She earned Bachelors degree in Ecology, Ethology and Evolution, and MS and PhD degrees in Animal Science from the University of Illinois-Urbana.

With training in animal behaviour and physiology, Widowski uses a variety of measures to determine how the housing and management of farm animals affects their welfare. She has published over 100 refereed research papers focusing mainly on the welfare of poultry and swine.

She has studied diverse topics such as the endocrinology of nest building in sows, the behavioural responses of hens to different lighting systems, the ontogeny of feeding and drinking in piglets and motivation for dust bathing and nesting in laying hens. Her research group has tackled some difficult issues including transport and handling of market pigs and methods for euthanasia for pigs and poultry.

Widowski has served on a number of scientific advisory committees including the scientist committees for the Canadian Codes of Practice for Care and Handling of Pigs, the scientists committee for Codes of Practice for the Care and Handling of Chickens, Turkeys and Breeders and she chaired the scientists committee for the Code of Practice for Layers. She also serves on the United Egg Producers Scientific Advisory Council for Animal Welfare.

In 2011, Widowski was awarded the Egg Farmers of Canada Research Chair in Poultry Welfare. She currently has a large research group focusing on housing and management factors that affect the behaviour, health and welfare of growing pullets and laying hens. On-going work includes aspects of space and enrichment design in large furnished cages, effects of pullet rearing system on long-term bone strength and keel fractures, identifying best rearing systems for hens housed in furnished cages and effects of breeder flock housing and age on behaviour of layers.
 

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