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Laura Boyle

Research Officer

Research Interests

  • Interrelationship between animal health and animal welfare
  • Contribution animal welfare can make to reducing use of antibiotics and the overall sustainability of animal agriculture
  • Contribution of data on animal based outcomes measured at the abattoir to improving animal welfare on-farm
  • Private standards in quality assurance and labelling
  • Alternative/One Welfare friendly animal production systems


I am a Senior Research Officer in the Pig Development Department. After completing my bachelors of agricultural science degree (1994) I worked with the French National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA) in the Laboratory of Behaviour and Reproductive Physiology at the Research Centre of Tours in France (1995). I returned to Ireland to commence a programme of postgraduate research (Masters–1996; PhD-2000) under the Teagasc Walsh Scholarship Programme registered with University College Dublin and based at Teagasc Moorepark. I started my first post as a research officer with the pig department at Moorepark in 2000 and worked across the pig and dairy departments from 2003 to 2008. 

Current Projects


  • Ph.D. in Animal Science, University College Dublin
  • Master of Agricultural Science, University College Dublin
  • Bachelor of Agriculture Science (Animal Science), University College Dublin

Professional Membership

  • European College of Animal Welfare and Behaviour Medicine - Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law (Associate member)
  • President (acting) European Association for Animal Production (EAAP) Health and Welfare Study Commission
  • President EAAP working group on animal behaviour
  • European Food Safety Authority ad hoc expert panel on pig welfare

Society membership

  • International Society for Applied Ethology
  • British Society of Animal Science
  • European Association for Animal Production

International committees

  • One Welfare Silkworm Advisory Board
  • World Animal Protection 3T’s Alliance

Editorial board membership

  • Frontiers in Veterinary Science Associate Editor: Animal Behavior and Welfare (Speciality Chief Editor)