PhD, University of Alberta
Poultry Systems Modeling & Precision Feeding
Dr. Zuidhof was the first in the world to develop a transformative precision feeding system to control individual feed intake in group-housed chickens. Over the last 10 years, his research team has been able to consistently achieve very high flock uniformity (coefficient of variation for body weight < 1%). The system is also proving to be an excellent way to remove confounding body weight variation from experiments so as to better elucidate physiological and metabolic mechanisms that contribute to reproductive success in poultry.
In addition to its practical commercial potential, the precision feeding system facilitates high quality research with free-run birds, directly addressing the societal issue of animal confinement.
Unique skillset and capabilities
Some of the core principles of my teaching philosophy include mastery of the material to be taught, stimulating questions about the material, and providing support for students to learn more from credible sources. I read textbooks, peer-reviewed material in the subject area, and trade publications that relate to issues discussed in my classes. I interact with industry and research professionals for innovative insights into their latest discoveries, successes, and challenges. Beyond mastery of subject material, I recognize that students must learn through experiences that relate to the subject matter. My goal is to present a broad range of perspectives so that students can develop not only knowledge but also informed opinions relating to subject matter. During lectures and project work, I create opportunities for students to articulate these points of view, which gives them a deeper understanding of the material and its context.
Study of avian anatomy, physiology, behavior, and health as it relates to modern poultry production. Current management practices to optimize production efficiency and animal well-being are examined. Not to be taken if credit received for AN SC 471. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.Fall Term 2020
Individual study supervised by the student's supervisor, requiring the preparation of a comprehensive report, presentation of a seminar and oral examination by the student's supervisor and one additional faculty member.Fall Term 2020
Principles and practices of modern animal production and management. Brief introduction to the structure of the livestock, poultry, and game ranching industries. Principles of animal management, breeding and feeding. Current issues in animal agriculture. Students gain direct experience with animals in production/research environments. Not to be taken if credit received for AN SC 200. Prerequisite: Biology 30.Winter Term 2021
Study of avian anatomy, physiology, behavior, and health as it relates to modern poultry production. Current management practices to optimize production efficiency and animal well-being are examined. Prerequisites: (AN SC 101 or 200), AN SC 260 and AN SC 310.Fall Term 2020