Janja Sirovnik Koscica

Dr. Sirovnik’s main interests are the welfare of poultry and cattle. It is of her opinion that behaviour, physiology, health, and production should be assessed together when identifying suitable housing and management practices for farm animals. Another passion of hers is to find new approaches of assessing animal welfare and she especially likes to bridge fundamental research with applied science. She developed a method to perform radiological assessment of keel bone damage in laying hens without the use of anaesthesia, which is more reliable compared to widely used palpation. Dr. Sirovnik also developed an interdisciplinary approach by using a technique developed for Behavioural Ecology (Ideal Free Distribution) in combination with the assessment of behaviour (i.e. competition and simultaneous usage of a resource) to identify minimum housing requirements of animals. Another area of interest is the use of telomere attrition as a measure of welfare in poultry and other farm animals.

 

Research expertise

  • Behavior of poultry and dam-calf interactions
  • Health and production of poultry
  • Stress physiology
  • Telomere shortening

 

Publications

  • Širovnik J., Würbel H., M.J. Toscano. 2017. Feeder space affects access to the feeder, aggression and feed conversion in laying hens in an aviary system. AABS. Doi:10.1016/j.applanim.2017.09.01710.1016/j.applanim.2017.09.017
  • Širovnik J., Gebhardt-Henrich S.S., Stratmann A., Würbel H., M.J. Toscano. 2018. A perch feeding system reduces aggression and mortality in an aviary system. AABS. Doi:10.1016/j.applanim.2018.01.005

 

Conference abstracts

  • Širovnik J., Santo N., König von Bostel U. 2019. The influence of maternal contact on behaviour patterns indicative of emotionality and social competence in young dairy calves. 53rd Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology, Bergen, Norway. (poster)
  • Santo N., König von Bostel U., J. Širovnik. 2018. Preliminary investigation of the influence of maternal contact on behavioural patterns indicative of emotionality in calves. Internationale Tagung für angewandte Ethologie, Freiburg, Germany. (poster)
  • Širovnik J., M.J. Toscano. 2017. Restraining laying hens for radiographic diagnostics of keel bones. 10th Symposium on Poultry Welfare. (poster)
  • Širovnik J., Würbel H., M.J. Toscano. 2016. Feeder space relates to aggression, jostling, and feeder sharing in laying hens. 50th Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology, Edinburgh, UK. (oral)
  • Širovnik J., Würbel H., M.J. Toscano. 2016. The effects of feeder space on behaviour and production of laying hens in an aviary system. Internationale Tagung für angewandte Ethologie, Freiburg, Germany. (poster)
  • Širovnik J., Würbel H., Keeling L., M.J. Toscano. 2015. Determining appropriate feeder space for laying hens with ideal free distribution. Internationale Tagung für angewandte Ethologie, Freiburg, Germany. (oral)
  • Širovnik J., Booth F.B., Tarlton J.F., M.J. Toscano. 2014. Use of a bird-mounted tri-axial accelerometer to quantify experienced physical forces in laying hens. 48th Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology, Vitoria-Gasteiy, Spain. (oral)

 

Curriculum vitae

2020 – present

Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Animal Welfare Science, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria

 

2018–2020

Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Section Animal Husbandry and Biology, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany

 

2013-2018

PhD study in Biomedical Science, Division of Animal Welfare, University of Bern, VPHI, Switzerland

2012–2013

Research Associate, University of Applied Sciences, Bern, Switzerland

 

2011–2012

High school Teacher, Biotechnical School, Maribor, Slovenia

 

2003–2011

Veterinary medicine, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

  

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