Project Title: Characterisation of the welfare and performance responses of calves to disbudding and castration procedures
Overview: I am an Agricultural Engineer, Master in Agroecossystems (by Federal University of Santa Catarina - Brazil) and a PhD student in Veterinary Science at University of Melbourne. I have been working with applied ethology and animal welfare since 2013, focusing on dairy and beef cattle. My current research project focuses on reduction of stress and pain associated with castration and disbudding of young calves.
I am a very creative person, so outside work, I like to practice hand lettering, drawing and digital illustration. I also love crocheting small stuffed yarn dolls (amigurumis) and have recently started to design my own. My job as a scientist is very much based in the left brain, requiring logical, analytical and objective thinking, whilst creating amigurumi characters and illustrations is more right-brained and allows me the freedom of a creative outlet for my imagination.
Programme Area: Animal Welfare and Health
Supervisors: Bernadette Earley, Mark McGee, Andrew D. Fisher and Kelly Stanger
Location: Teagasc, Grange, Meath
Funding Source: Teagasc