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Keelin O'Driscoll

Research Officer

Research Interests

  • Investigating husbandry and management factors that affect the well-being and productivity of agricultural animals, particularly with regard to animal health.
  • The feasibility of novel systems of production, or aspects of production systems, using a wide variety of animal based measures (e.g. health, immune, molecular and behaviour based measures).
  • Methods of measuring animal welfare and stress

Current Projects

Education

  • BA Biological Sciences, University of Oxford (2000)
  • MSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare, University of Edinburgh (2004)
  • PhD, University College Dublin (2008)
  • Fulbright Scholarship, Purdue University/USDA (2006/2007)

Post doctoral education:

  • University of Cambridge (2008/2009)
  • Marie Curie Experienced Researcher, Teagasc (2010/2012)

Career

I carried out my MSc research on dairy calf feeding and competitive behaviour at the University of British Columbia’s dairy education and research centre. I then completed my PhD (The effect of out-wintering pad design on dairy cow health and welfare) with UCD, based at Teagasc Moorepark. As part of my PhD I also spent a year as a visiting scientist at the USDA Livestock Behaviour Research Unit in Purdue University, funded by a Fulbright award. Following this I moved to University of Cambridge where I spent two years working on an RSPCA funded project investigating methods of provision of water to commercially farmed ducks. While there I applied for and was successful in obtaining an individual Marie Curie fellowship, which brought me back to the Teagasc Animal Bioscience centre in Co. Meath. I spent two years researching the molecular mechanisms underlying bovine lameness from claw horn disorders. Since 2013 I have been employed in the Teagasc Pig Development Department as a research officer, funded by the Irish Farmers Association and Teagasc Joint programme.

Professional Membership

  • International Society of Applied Ethology: Council Member
  • European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP): Ordinary Member
  • Editorial Board – Journal of Dairy Science 
  • Enriquez-Hidalgo, D., Lemos-Teixeira, D., Lewis, E., Buckley, F., Boyle, L. and O'Driscoll, K. 2017. Behavioural responses of pasture based dairy cows to short term management in tie-stalls. Applied Animal Behaviour Science In press.
  • O’Driscoll, K., McCabe, M. and Early B. 2017. Leukocyte profile, gene expression, acute phase response and metabolite status of cows with sole haemorrhages.  Journal of Dairy Science In press. 
  • French, P., O’Driscoll, K., Horan, B. and Shalloo, L. 2015.  The economic, environmental and welfare implications of alternative systems of accommodating dairy cows during the winter months. Animal Production Science 55:838-842.
  • O’Driscoll, K., Lewis, E. and Kennedy, E. 2015. Effect of feed allowance at pasture on lying behaviour and locomotory ability of dairy cows. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 166:25-34.
  • O’Driscoll, K., McCabe, M. and Early B. 2015. Differences in leukocyte profile, gene expression and metabolite status of dairy cows with or without sole ulcers. Journal of Dairy Science 98:1685-1695.
  • O’Driscoll, K., O’Gorman, D., and Boyle, L. 2013. The influence of a magnesium rich marine supplement on behaviour, salivary cortisol levels, and skin lesions in growing pigs exposed to acute stressors. Applied Animal Behaviour Science145:92-101 
  • O’Driscoll, K., O’Gorman, D., and Boyle, L. 2013. The influence of a magnesium rich marine supplement on behaviour, salivary cortisol levels, and skin lesions in growing pigs exposed to acute stressors. Applied Animal Behaviour Science145:92-101 
  • O’Driscoll, K., O’Gorman, D., Taylor, S. and Boyle, L. 2013. The influence of ‘Acid-buf’ mineral supplement on behaviour, salivary cortisol levels, and skin lesions in growing pigs. Animal 7:1017-1027 
  • O’Driscoll, K., Olmos-Antillon, G., Llamas-Moya, S., Mee, J.F., Earley, B., Gleeson, D. O’Brien. B. and Boyle, L. 2012. Milking frequency and nutrition level impact upon dairy cow immune status. Journal of Dairy Science 95:1177-1187. 
  • O’Driscoll, K. and Broom D.M.B. 2012. Water resource type affects the water related behaviour of groups of Pekin ducks (Anas platyrhynchos). Applied Animal Behaviour Science 136:156-165. 
  • Silva, R.B.T.R., Naas, I.A., Broom, D.M. and O’Driscoll, K. 2011. Poultry welfare scenario on South America: Norms and Regulations. Brazilian Journal of Poultry Science 13:83-89. 
  • O’Driscoll, K., Gleeson, D. O’Brien. B. and Boyle, L. 2011. Does omission of a regular milking event affect cow comfort?Livestock Science 138:132-143. 
  • O’Driscoll, K. and Broom, D.M.B. 2011. Does access to open water affect the health of Pekin ducks (Anas platyrhynchos)?. Poultry Science 90:299-307.