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Keelin O'Driscoll

Research Officer

Research Interests

  • Investigating husbandry and management factors that affect the welfare and productivity of agricultural animals.
  • The feasibility of novel systems of production, or aspects of production systems, using a wide variety of animal based and environmental measures
  • Methods of measuring and improving animal welfare
  • Reducing the impact of social and environmental stressors

Current Projects

  • OneWelPig: Using a 'One Welfare' framework to develop alternative high welfare pig production systems. Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Research Stimulus fund (2022-2026)
  • Earwel: Elucidating etiology and risk factors for ear lesions on Irish pig farms (2021-2025). My role: Task leader
  • TailBiteAdvice: An ICT-based real-time advisory tool to minimise tail biting in fattening pigs (2021-2024).
  • MonoGutHealth: Training and research for sustainable solutions to improve gut health and reduce losses in monogastric livestock using bioactives and early life nutrition (2021-2025).
  • PigNoDock: Development and implementation of a tail biting risk assessment tool on commercial pig farms (2019-2023).


  • BA Biological Sciences, University of Oxford (2000)
  • MSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare, University of Edinburgh (2004)