Applications open for “welfare of food animals” research scholarships

Research scholarships worth £2,000 each have been opened for application by the Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) under its 2015 Dorothy Sidley Memorial Scholarships programme.

Established in 1986 as a memorial to the late Dorothy Sidley MBE, who was HSA general secretary for 48 years, the scholarships are designed to support students and industry trainees in research projects aimed at improving the welfare of food animals during transport, in markets or at slaughter.

The programme is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students in agricultural, veterinary or meat sciences, or trainees in the livestock, meat and fish industries in the UK.

Projects now being undertaken by current scholars include investigating equine stunning and slaughter methods; examining electrical current profiles during head-only stunning of sheep and investigating behavioural responses of poultry to low atmospheric pressure stunning.

The closing date for applications for the 2015 scholarships is February 27, 2015. Further information and application forms are available at: www.hsa.org.uk

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