Hartpury College

Grace Carroll - LECTURER AND PROGRAMME MANAGER

Grace completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology applied to IT at Dun Laoghaire IADT, Dublin in 2011. During her degree she developed an interest in evolutionary psychology and animal behaviour and welfare. As a result, she decided to complete an MSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare at Queens University Belfast, graduating in 2012. Following this, she began her PhD in Farm Animal Welfare in 2013 under the supervision of Dr Niamh O’ Connell, which examined the potential of integrating welfare measures into routine slaughter processes. Grace is due to complete her PhD in early 2016 and began work as a lecturer at Hartpury College in January 2016, becoming programme manager of the MRes Anthrozoology in addition to lecturing on Animal Behaviour and Welfare modules.  

Teaching Interests: 

Animal Behaviour, Ethics and Welfare, Management of Domestic Animals, Undergraduate Research Processes, Introduction to Animal Welfare

I am interested in developing farm animal welfare measures at slaughter for use as an indicator of lifetime welfare. I am also interested in evolutionary psychology and feline welfare. 

Membership of Professional Bodies:

British Society of Animal Science (BSAS)
International Society of Applied Ethology (ISAE)

Recent Activities/Publications:

Journal Articles

Carroll, G. A., Boyle, L. A., Teixeira, D. L., van Staaveren, N., Hanlon, A., & O’Connell, N. E. (2016). Effects of scalding and dehairing of pig carcasses at abattoirs on the visibility of welfare-related lesions. Animal, 10(03), 460-467.

Conference proceedings/posters:

Carroll, G.A., Boyle, L.A., Hanlon, A., Palmer, M., Collins, L.M., Griffin, K. & O’Connell, N.E. (2016) Investigating physiological measures of lifetime welfare in slaughter pigs. BSAS Animal Science for a Sustainable Future, April 2016, University of Chester, Chester, UK.


Carroll, G. A., Boyle, L. A., Teixeira, D. L., van Staaveren, N., Hanlon, A. & O'Connell, N. E. (2015) The effect of routine abattoir processes on the visibility of welfare-related lesions on pig carcasses. BSAS Science with Impact – Annual Conference, April 2015, University of Chester, Chester, UK.


Carroll, G. A., Boyle, L. A., Hanlon, A. Collins, L., Griffin, K., Armstrong, D. and O’ Connell, N. E. (2015) Evaluating the use of aggression-related skin lesion scores as a welfare assessment tool in growing-finishing pigs. ISAE regional meeting, November 2015, Teagasc, Cork, Ireland.


Carroll, G. A., Boyle, L. A., Hanlon, A. Collins, L., Griffin, K. and O’ Connell, N. E. (2015) What can carcass-based assessments tell us about the lifetime welfare of pigs? 49th Congress of the ISAE, September 2015, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan.


Carroll, G. A., Boyle, L. A., Hanlon, A. Collins, L., Griffin, K. and O’ Connell, N. E. (2015) Validation of on-line slaughter checks as a pig welfare diagnostic tool. International Pig Welfare Conference (IPWC), April 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark.