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Dr. Cyril Roy

Post Doctoral Fellow, Ethology

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Cyril joined Prairie Swine Center after working for four years in the Canadian farm animal sector. In the past year prior to joining Prairie swine Centre he was working with the Canadian hog industry where he was involved in implementation of management practices such as conversion of farrowing crates to enriched pens, introduction of pain management procedures for castration, and group housing of sows at various stages of breeding management.

Cyril’s doctoral research focused on welfare assessment of horses transported for commercial purposes in Canada, the USA and Iceland. His research also focused on identifying risk factors to develop mitigation strategies for the identified welfare issues. Before doing his Ph.D., Cyril obtained a Master’s degree in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare. His bachelor degree was on Veterinary Sciences.

Cyril’s research interests revolve around finding practical solutions to improve farm animal welfare which can be backed up by evidence based research. He is currently working on welfare issues associated with mixing of sows after weaning.


  • Ph.D. University of Prince Edward Island, Canada, 2015.
  • M.Sc. University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 2008.
  • B.V.Sc. (Bachelor of Veterinary Sciences) Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, India, 1995.


  • Animal Welfare Foundation of Canada and Sir James Animal Welfare Centre scholarship for PhD research work (2009-2013).
  • UFAW Vocational Research Scholarship award for MSc research work, 2008.
  • The J.N TATA Endowment Scholarship for MSc course work, 2007.

Selected Publications

  • Roy RC and Cockram MS 2015.Patterns and durations of journeys by horses transported from the USA to Canada for slaughter. Canadian Veterinary Journal, 56(6), 581.
  • Roy RC, Cockram MS, Dohoo IR and Ragnarsson S (2014). Transport of horses for slaughter in Iceland. Animal Welfare Journal, 24(4, 485-496
  • Roy RC, Cockram MS and Ian R. Dohoo 2015. Welfare of horses transported to slaughter in Canada: assessment of welfare and journey risk factors affecting welfare. Canadian Journal of Animal Science, 95(4), 509-522.
  • Roy RC, Cockram MS and Ian R. Dohoo 2015. Injuries in horses transported to slaughter in Canada. Canadian Journal of Animal Science, 95(4), 523-531.