Day Teixeira

Dr Day Teixeira

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I am a Senior Lecturer (Research) in Animal Science since 2022. I completed a BSc in Agricultural Engineer at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC, Brazil), with my final year placement at University of British Columbia (UBC) Animal Welfare Programme (Canada). I also completed an MSc in Agroecossistems at UFSC (Brazil), where I focused my research on water supply for dairy cows, and a PhD in Animal Production at Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain), evaluating the association between welfare and meat quality of lambs.

My passion for farm animal behaviour and welfare gave me the opportunity to carry out postdoctoral, teaching and research experiences in Brazil, Canada, Spain, Republic of Ireland, Chile and United Kingdom. In these experiences, I developed and managed research projects involving different farm animal species, including sheep, pigs and cattle, while using interdisciplinary approaches to improve the life of food-producing animals and to improve the sustainability of livestock production systems.

Current teaching

I am the Programme Manager for MSc/MRes in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare and co-Programme Manager for MRes in Animal Science. Alongside this, I teach at both undergrad and postgrad modules. The modules that I lead include Contemporary Issues in Animal Welfare Science and Applied Animal Welfare Assessment offered to PG programmes, and I collaborate for the modules Foundation Animal Studies, Industry Reflection in Agricultural Practice and Skills Development for Agriculture offered to UG programmes. During my previous my teaching and research experiences, I have been involved in the supervision of PhD, masters and undergraduate level projects.

Research interests

My main research interests centre around application of animal behaviour to improve animal welfare and to evaluate the influence of the environment and management on farm animal behaviour and welfare. My recent research activities are focused on water supply for dairy cows, considering the urgency and complexities surrounding water availability under the climate change scenario.

In my previous experiences, I focused my research on different aspects related to the assessment of animal behaviour and welfare on farm, during transport and at the abattoir; the evaluation of risk factors for animal welfare under commercial conditions; the association between animal welfare and productive traits; and using qualitative analysis to understand the attitudes, beliefs, and values of livestock sector stakeholders and citizens regarding animal production systems and animal welfare.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD in Animal Production, Effects of the use of cereal straw and three alternative substrates during the final phase of lambs from classification centres on the animal welfare, productivity and product quality, Universidad de Zaragoza

21 Oct 200821 Oct 2011

Award Date: 21 Oct 2011

MSc in Agroecossistems, Effectiveness and ethic on the transformation of pasture in milk: ethological aspects on water supply, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

1 Mar 200331 Jan 2005

Award Date: 31 Jan 2005

BSc in Agricultural Engineer, Water supply for dairy cows: water trough preference, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

1 Mar 19981 Dec 2002

Award Date: 29 Nov 2002


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