Dr Dorothy Mckeegan

  • Senior Lecturer (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine)
  • Associate Academic (School of Veterinary Medicine)

telephone: 01413305712
email: Dorothy.McKeegan@glasgow.ac.uk

Biography

Academic history

  • Current: Senior Lecturer (appointed as Lecturer in 2005, promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2010)
  • 1999-2005: PDRA: Roslin Institute (Edinburgh)
  • 1996-1999: Ph.D. (Behavioural endocrinology) Roslin Institute/University of Edinburgh
  • 1994-1995: MSc (Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare) University of Edinburgh
  • 1990-1994: BSc (Hons) (Zoology) University of Glasgow


Committee Membership

  • Deputy chair of the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences Ethics Committee
  • Member of the University Ethics Committee
  • Member of the Institutional Ethical Review Panel
  • Member of the British Veterinary Association Ethics and Welfare Group 2007-2013

Research interests

Google Scholar - Publications Profile

I am interested in the integration of behavioural, physiological and neurophysiological techniques to investigate animal welfare issues, primarily in farm animals. Specific areas of interest include pain, humane slaughter and development of novel methods to assess welfare and affective state. I have applied range of approaches to tackle these issues including behaviour, sensory neuroscience, electroencephalogram analysis, remote physiological monitoring and infra-red thermography. I am also interested in animal ethics and attitudes to animals in society, primarily in relation to developing better methods to teach ethics and assessment of ethical reasoning ability.

My current/previous PhD students include Paul Jerem (investigating the use of infra-red thermography to measure stress in wild birds), Jessica Martin (assessing the welfare implications of cervical dislocation in poultry) and Carole Batchelor (developing novel methods to teach ethics to veterinary undergraduates).

Current research projects include investigating the potential for infra-red thermography as a tool to investigate stress and affective state in hens (BBSRC, with the Thermal Ecology Group), and assessment of the welfare implications of Low Atmospheric Pressure Stunning in poultry. Previous projects have examined humane mechanical methods for killing poultry on farm (DEFRA), the welfare implications of emergency killing for disease control (DEFRA), the pain experience of lame broiler chickens (DEFRA), the short and long term welfare costs of beak trimming to control injurious pecking in laying hens (DEFRA/British Egg Industry Council), development of novel and humane on farm killing methods (DEFRA), the risk factors, causation and welfare consequences of foot pad dermatitis in broiler chickens (DEFRA) and welfare assessment of controlled atmosphere stunning in broilers (DEFRA).

Grants

Grants and Awards listed are those received whilst working with the University of Glasgow.

  • Thermography as a tool for the assessment of stress and affective states in an avian model
    Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
    2013 - 2016
     
  • Development of an on farm anoxic gas foam delivery system
    Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
    2011 - 2013
     
  • On farm culling methods for poultry: welfare costs and benefits.
    Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
    2010 - 2013
     
  • Further Study to Develop a Humane method to Kill Poultry Using Gas Filled Foam
    DEFRA
    2009 - 2010
     
  • Study to assess the subjective experience, including pain, of broiler chicken with different gait scores
    DEFRA
    2009 - 2011
     
  • Chronic neurophysiological and anatomical changes associated with infra-red beak treatment
    British Egg Industry Council
    2008 - 2009
     
  • Chronic neurophysiological and anatomical changes associated with infra-red beak treatment
    DEFRA - Science Directorate
    2008 - 2009
     
  • Welfare assessment of gas-foam as an agent for emergency killing of poultry
    DEFRA - Science Directorate
    2007 - 2008
     
  • Monitoring of welfare during emergency killing of broiler chickens
    DEFRA
    2007 - 2007
     
  • Footpad dermatitis and hock burn in broilers: Risk factors, aetiology and welfare consequences
    DEFRA
    2006 - 2010
     

Teaching

Undergraduate

  • Batchelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery

Animal welfare and ethics teaching in the Foundation Phase (1 & 2nd year), Clinical phase (3 & 4th year) and Professional phase (5th year). Communication skills in 4th year and co-coordinate communication skills teaching across the BVMS curriculum.

  • BSc Veterinary Bioscience

Animal production and management – Year 1

Animal science, behaviour and nutrition – Year 2

Pain and Pain management – Year 3

Animal welfare science, ethics and law - Year 4 (course leader)

 

Postgraduate/other

MSc Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law

Masters in Veterinary Public Health

MRes Infection and Immunity

ScotPil Personal Licence Training – Animal ethics

Official Veterinarian course


Additional information

Editorial Board

  • 2010 - ongoing: British Poultry Science - Section Editor

Grant Advisory Board

  • 2013 - ongoing: DEFRA - External panel reviewer
  • 2013 - ongoing: BBSRC - BBSRC Committee Pool of Experts
  • 2011 - ongoing: Fundacao para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia, Portugal - Member of the Veterinary and Animal Sciences Panel
  • 2007 - ongoing: Canadian Poultry Research Council

Publications

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Jump to: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2009 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001
Number of items: 31.

2014

Venn, R.E., McBrearty, A.R., McKeegan, D., and Penderis, J. (2014) The effect of magnetic resonance imaging noise on cochlear function in dogs. Veterinary Journal, 202(1), pp. 141-145. (doi:10.1016/j.tvjl.2014.07.006)

Sandercock, D. A., Auckburally, A., Flaherty, D., Sandilands, V., and McKeegan, D. E.F. (2014) Avian reflex and electroencephalogram responses in different states of consciousness. Physiology and Behavior, 133, pp. 252-259. (doi:10.1016/j.physbeh.2014.05.030)

2013

Caplen, G., Baker, L., Hothersall, B., McKeegan, D.E.F., Sandilands, V., Sparks, N.H.C., Waterman-Pearson, A.E., and Murrell, J.C. (2013) Thermal nociception as a measure of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug effectiveness in broiler chickens with articular pain. Veterinary Journal, 198(3), pp. 616-619. (doi:10.1016/j.tvjl.2013.09.013)

McKeegan, D.E.F., Reimert, H.G.M., Hindle, V.A., Boulcott, P., Sparrey, J.M., Wathes, C.M., Demmers, T.G.M., and Gerritzen, M.A. (2013) Physiological and behavioral responses of poultry exposed to gas-filled high expansion foam. Poultry Science, 92(5), pp. 1145-1154. (doi:10.3382/ps.2012-02587)

McKeegan, D.E.F., Sandercock, D.A., and Gerritzen, M.A. (2013) Physiological responses to low atmospheric pressure stunning (LAPS) and their implications for welfare. Poultry Science, 92(4), pp. 858-868. (doi:10.3382/ps.2012-02749)

2012

McKeegan, D.E.F., and Philbey, A.W. (2012) Chronic neurophysiological and anatomical changes associated with infra-red beak treatment and their implications for laying hen welfare. Animal Welfare, 21(2), pp. 207-217. (doi:10.7120/09627286.21.2.207)

Batchelor, C.E.M., and McKeegan, D.E.F. (2012) Survey of the frequency and perceived stressfulness of ethical dilemmas encountered in UK veterinary practice. Veterinary Record, 170(1), (doi:10.1136/vr.100262)

Sherlock, L., McKeegan, D.E.F., Cheng, Z., Wathes, C.M., and Wathes, D.C. (2012) Effects of contact dermatitis on hepatic gene expression in broilers. British Poultry Science, 53(4), pp. 439-452. (doi:10.1080/00071668.2012.707310)

2011

McKeegan, D.E.F., Sparks, N.H.C., Sandilands, V., Demmers, T.G.M., Boulcott, P., and Wathes, C.M. (2011) Physiological responses of laying hens during whole-house killing with carbon dioxide. British Poultry Science, 52(6), pp. 645-657. (doi:10.1080/00071668.2011.640307)

2009

Coenen, A.M.L., Lankhaar, J., Lowe, J.C., and McKeegan, D.E.F. (2009) Remote monitoring of electroencephalogram, electrocardiogram, and behavior during controlled atmosphere stunning in broilers: implications for welfare. Poultry Science, 88(1), pp. 10-19. (doi:10.3382/ps.2008-00120)

Ellis, K.A., Billington, K., McNeil, B., and McKeegan, D.E.F. (2009) Consumer Perceptions of Dairy Welfare and Production: A Role for Vets in Public Education? Cattle Practice, 17, pp. 148-152.

Ellis, K.A., Billington, K., McNeil, B., and McKeegan, D.E.F. (2009) Public opinion on UK milk marketing and dairy cow welfare. Animal Welfare, 18(3), pp. 267-282.

McKeegan, D. (2009) Chronic neurophysiological and anatomical changes associated with infra-red beak treatment. Project Report. Defra.

McKeegan, D.E.E. (2009) Avian Chemoreception An Electrophysiological Approach. International Symposium on Olfaction and Taste, 1170(1), pp. 438-441. (doi:10.1111/j.1749-6632.2009.03904.x)

McKeegan, D.E.F. (2009) Welfare assessment of anoxic gas-foam as an agent for emergency killing of poultry. Project Report. Defra. (Unpublished)

2007

Abeyesinghe, S.M., Mckeegan, D.E.F., Mcleman, M.A., Lowe, J.C., Demmers, T.G.M., White, R.P., Kranen, R.W., Van Bemmel, H., Lankhaar, J.A.C., and Wathes, C.M. (2007) Controlled atmosphere stunning of broiler chickens. I. Effects on behaviour, physiology and meat quality in a pilot scale system at a processing plant. British Poultry Science, 48(4), pp. 406-423. (doi:10.1080/00071660701543089)

Lowe, J., Abeyesinghe, S., Demmers, T., Wathes, C., and McKeegan, D. (2007) A novel telemetric logging system for recording physiological signals in unrestrained animals. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 57, pp. 74-79. (doi:10.1016/j.compag.2007.02.003)

McKeegan, D. (2007) Evaluation of the effects of infrared beak trimming in broiler breeder chicks. Veterinary Record, 160(5), pp. 145-148. (doi:10.1136/vr.160.5.145)

McKeegan, D., McIntyre, J., Demmers, T., Lowe, J., Wathes, C., van den Broek, P., Coenen, A., and Gentle, M. (2007) Physiological and behavioural responses of broilers to controlled atmosphere stunning: implications for welfare. Animal Welfare, 16, pp. 409-426.

Mckeegan, D., Abeyesinghe, S., Mcleman, M., Lowe, J., Demmers, T., White, R., Kranen, R., Van Bemmel, H., Lankhaar, J., and Wathes, C. (2007) Controlled atmosphere stunning of broiler chickens. II. Effects on behaviour, physiology and meat quality in a commercial processing plant. British Poultry Science, 48(4), pp. 430-442. (doi:10.1080/00071660701543097)

2006

Maxwell, A., McKeegan, D., and Ellis, K. (2006) Extended suckling systems for dairy calves: Is this possible for organic dairy farmers? Cattle Practice, 14, p. 219.

McKeegan, D., McIntyre, J., Demmers, T., Wathes, C., and Jones, R. (2006) Behavioural responses of broiler chickens during acute exposure to gaseous stimulation. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 99, pp. 271-286. (doi:10.1016/j.applanim.2005.11.002)

2005

McKeegan, D., Smith, F., Demmers, T., Wathes, C., and Jones, R. (2005) Behavioral correlates of olfactory and trigeminal gaseous stimulation in chickens, Gallus domesticus. Physiology and Behavior, 84, pp. 761-768. (doi:10.1016/j.physbeh.2005.03.005)

2004

Mckeegan, D. (2004) Mechano-chemical nociceptors in the avian trigeminal mucosa. Brain Research Reviews, 46(2), pp. 146-154.

2003

Mckeegan, D. (2003) Adaptation responses of single avian olfactory bulb neurones. Neuroscience Letters, 344(2), pp. 83-86.

2002

Mckeegan, D. (2002) Response characteristics of nasal trigeminal nociceptors in Gallus domesticus. NeuroReport, 13(8), pp. 1033-1035.

Mckeegan, D. (2002) Spontaneous and odour evoked activity in single avian olfactory bulb neurones. Brain Research, 929(1), pp. 48-58.

Mckeegan, D. (2002) Stimulus-response functions of single avian olfactory bulb neurones. Brain Research, 953(01-Feb), pp. 101-111.

2001

Mckeegan, D. (2001) Development of pecking damage in layer pullets in relation to dietary protein source. British Poultry Science, 42(1), pp. 33-42.

Mckeegan, D. (2001) Feather eating in individually caged hens which differ in their propensity to feather peck. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 73(2), pp. 131-140.

Mckeegan, D. (2001) Mechanothermal nociceptors in the scaly skin of the chicken leg. Neuroscience, 106(3), pp. 643-652.

This list was generated on Mon Aug 31 09:24:51 2015 BST.
Number of items: 31.

Articles

Venn, R.E., McBrearty, A.R., McKeegan, D., and Penderis, J. (2014) The effect of magnetic resonance imaging noise on cochlear function in dogs. Veterinary Journal, 202(1), pp. 141-145. (doi:10.1016/j.tvjl.2014.07.006)

Sandercock, D. A., Auckburally, A., Flaherty, D., Sandilands, V., and McKeegan, D. E.F. (2014) Avian reflex and electroencephalogram responses in different states of consciousness. Physiology and Behavior, 133, pp. 252-259. (doi:10.1016/j.physbeh.2014.05.030)

Caplen, G., Baker, L., Hothersall, B., McKeegan, D.E.F., Sandilands, V., Sparks, N.H.C., Waterman-Pearson, A.E., and Murrell, J.C. (2013) Thermal nociception as a measure of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug effectiveness in broiler chickens with articular pain. Veterinary Journal, 198(3), pp. 616-619. (doi:10.1016/j.tvjl.2013.09.013)

McKeegan, D.E.F., Reimert, H.G.M., Hindle, V.A., Boulcott, P., Sparrey, J.M., Wathes, C.M., Demmers, T.G.M., and Gerritzen, M.A. (2013) Physiological and behavioral responses of poultry exposed to gas-filled high expansion foam. Poultry Science, 92(5), pp. 1145-1154. (doi:10.3382/ps.2012-02587)

McKeegan, D.E.F., Sandercock, D.A., and Gerritzen, M.A. (2013) Physiological responses to low atmospheric pressure stunning (LAPS) and their implications for welfare. Poultry Science, 92(4), pp. 858-868. (doi:10.3382/ps.2012-02749)

McKeegan, D.E.F., and Philbey, A.W. (2012) Chronic neurophysiological and anatomical changes associated with infra-red beak treatment and their implications for laying hen welfare. Animal Welfare, 21(2), pp. 207-217. (doi:10.7120/09627286.21.2.207)

Batchelor, C.E.M., and McKeegan, D.E.F. (2012) Survey of the frequency and perceived stressfulness of ethical dilemmas encountered in UK veterinary practice. Veterinary Record, 170(1), (doi:10.1136/vr.100262)

Sherlock, L., McKeegan, D.E.F., Cheng, Z., Wathes, C.M., and Wathes, D.C. (2012) Effects of contact dermatitis on hepatic gene expression in broilers. British Poultry Science, 53(4), pp. 439-452. (doi:10.1080/00071668.2012.707310)

McKeegan, D.E.F., Sparks, N.H.C., Sandilands, V., Demmers, T.G.M., Boulcott, P., and Wathes, C.M. (2011) Physiological responses of laying hens during whole-house killing with carbon dioxide. British Poultry Science, 52(6), pp. 645-657. (doi:10.1080/00071668.2011.640307)

Coenen, A.M.L., Lankhaar, J., Lowe, J.C., and McKeegan, D.E.F. (2009) Remote monitoring of electroencephalogram, electrocardiogram, and behavior during controlled atmosphere stunning in broilers: implications for welfare. Poultry Science, 88(1), pp. 10-19. (doi:10.3382/ps.2008-00120)

Ellis, K.A., Billington, K., McNeil, B., and McKeegan, D.E.F. (2009) Consumer Perceptions of Dairy Welfare and Production: A Role for Vets in Public Education? Cattle Practice, 17, pp. 148-152.

Ellis, K.A., Billington, K., McNeil, B., and McKeegan, D.E.F. (2009) Public opinion on UK milk marketing and dairy cow welfare. Animal Welfare, 18(3), pp. 267-282.

McKeegan, D.E.E. (2009) Avian Chemoreception An Electrophysiological Approach. International Symposium on Olfaction and Taste, 1170(1), pp. 438-441. (doi:10.1111/j.1749-6632.2009.03904.x)

Abeyesinghe, S.M., Mckeegan, D.E.F., Mcleman, M.A., Lowe, J.C., Demmers, T.G.M., White, R.P., Kranen, R.W., Van Bemmel, H., Lankhaar, J.A.C., and Wathes, C.M. (2007) Controlled atmosphere stunning of broiler chickens. I. Effects on behaviour, physiology and meat quality in a pilot scale system at a processing plant. British Poultry Science, 48(4), pp. 406-423. (doi:10.1080/00071660701543089)

Lowe, J., Abeyesinghe, S., Demmers, T., Wathes, C., and McKeegan, D. (2007) A novel telemetric logging system for recording physiological signals in unrestrained animals. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 57, pp. 74-79. (doi:10.1016/j.compag.2007.02.003)

McKeegan, D. (2007) Evaluation of the effects of infrared beak trimming in broiler breeder chicks. Veterinary Record, 160(5), pp. 145-148. (doi:10.1136/vr.160.5.145)

McKeegan, D., McIntyre, J., Demmers, T., Lowe, J., Wathes, C., van den Broek, P., Coenen, A., and Gentle, M. (2007) Physiological and behavioural responses of broilers to controlled atmosphere stunning: implications for welfare. Animal Welfare, 16, pp. 409-426.

Mckeegan, D., Abeyesinghe, S., Mcleman, M., Lowe, J., Demmers, T., White, R., Kranen, R., Van Bemmel, H., Lankhaar, J., and Wathes, C. (2007) Controlled atmosphere stunning of broiler chickens. II. Effects on behaviour, physiology and meat quality in a commercial processing plant. British Poultry Science, 48(4), pp. 430-442. (doi:10.1080/00071660701543097)

Maxwell, A., McKeegan, D., and Ellis, K. (2006) Extended suckling systems for dairy calves: Is this possible for organic dairy farmers? Cattle Practice, 14, p. 219.

McKeegan, D., McIntyre, J., Demmers, T., Wathes, C., and Jones, R. (2006) Behavioural responses of broiler chickens during acute exposure to gaseous stimulation. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 99, pp. 271-286. (doi:10.1016/j.applanim.2005.11.002)

McKeegan, D., Smith, F., Demmers, T., Wathes, C., and Jones, R. (2005) Behavioral correlates of olfactory and trigeminal gaseous stimulation in chickens, Gallus domesticus. Physiology and Behavior, 84, pp. 761-768. (doi:10.1016/j.physbeh.2005.03.005)

Mckeegan, D. (2004) Mechano-chemical nociceptors in the avian trigeminal mucosa. Brain Research Reviews, 46(2), pp. 146-154.

Mckeegan, D. (2003) Adaptation responses of single avian olfactory bulb neurones. Neuroscience Letters, 344(2), pp. 83-86.

Mckeegan, D. (2002) Response characteristics of nasal trigeminal nociceptors in Gallus domesticus. NeuroReport, 13(8), pp. 1033-1035.

Mckeegan, D. (2002) Spontaneous and odour evoked activity in single avian olfactory bulb neurones. Brain Research, 929(1), pp. 48-58.

Mckeegan, D. (2002) Stimulus-response functions of single avian olfactory bulb neurones. Brain Research, 953(01-Feb), pp. 101-111.

Mckeegan, D. (2001) Development of pecking damage in layer pullets in relation to dietary protein source. British Poultry Science, 42(1), pp. 33-42.

Mckeegan, D. (2001) Feather eating in individually caged hens which differ in their propensity to feather peck. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 73(2), pp. 131-140.

Mckeegan, D. (2001) Mechanothermal nociceptors in the scaly skin of the chicken leg. Neuroscience, 106(3), pp. 643-652.

Research Reports or Papers

McKeegan, D. (2009) Chronic neurophysiological and anatomical changes associated with infra-red beak treatment. Project Report. Defra.

McKeegan, D.E.F. (2009) Welfare assessment of anoxic gas-foam as an agent for emergency killing of poultry. Project Report. Defra. (Unpublished)

This list was generated on Mon Aug 31 09:24:51 2015 BST.