SUSL Staff Directory

Dr. R.M. Amila S. Bandara

Senior Lecturer

rmamilabandara@gmail.com

Office: +94-0452280074

Qualifications

Ph.D  (Animal Biosciences-Animal Welfare) - Department of Animal Biosciences, University of Guelph, Canada

M.Phil (Animal Science- Animal Welfare and Behaviour) - Department of Animal Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

B.Sc. Agric. Sc. (Specialization in Livestock Production). - Department of Livestock Production, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka 

 

Proffessional qualifications

Research Assistant- University of Guelph, Canada (2015 - 2019)

Visiting Scientist-Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, Iowa State University, USA ( 2017)

Working as a scientific manuscripts reviewer in the journal of Animals, Switzerland (Since 2018)

Teaching Assistant - Animal Physiology, Department of Animal Biosciences - University of Guelph, Canada (2018)

Certificate course in Teaching Development Program (TDP) -University of Guelph, Canada

Certificate of recognition in professional and academic skills development-University of Guelph, Canada

International Certificate Course on Laboratory Animal Science. Conducted at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo in collaboration with Utrechet University, The Netherlands

Certificate course on Animal Behaviour and Welfare- University of Edinburgh, UK (2014)

Certificate Course in Teaching Methodology in Higher Education, Staff Development Centre, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka

Certificate Course on Introduction to Gene Expression Studies, Agricultural Biotechnology Centre, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya


Profile

I completed my B.Sc. in Agricultural Sciences (Specialization in Livestock Production) at Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka . I immediately started a career in academia as a lecturer in the same university, where I became more involved in research, particularly regarding poultry and dairy cattle production.Apart from research, I  am actively involving in undergraduate teaching since 2004, teaching varied courses on livestock management. While I completing my Masters degree (M.Phil in Animal Science) at the University of Peradeniya , Sri Lanka in focusing on weaning stress in rabbits, a project that incorporated behaviour and stress physiology, I developed a passion for the study of pain and distress in animals.

I then found the perfect way to pursue my interests in the neurophysiology of pain. I started a PhD in poultry welfare at the University of Guelph, Canada investigating on-farm euthanasia of poultry. I focused on the efficacy of different on-farm euthanasia techniques across North America to  establish science-based recommendations for best practices to ensure that euthanasia devices are humane, effective, and pose minimal threat to the operators. I had the great opportunity to carryout my research works both at the Department of Animal Biosciences, University of Guelph, Canada and the Department of Veterinary Diagnostics and Production Animals, Iowa State University, USA.

 I like to pursue my research interests in an academic setting where I can investigate basic research questions that may have implications for industry and policy.

https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=CGIkMNgAAAAJ

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Amila_Bandara3

ORCiD ID  https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7933-5185

 


Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

The Poultry Science Association, USA

International Society for Applied Ethology,UK

Cambell Center for the Study of Animal Welfare, Canada

Universities Fedaration for Animal Welfare, UK

Humane Slaughter Association, UK


Research Interests

Animal Welfare and Behaviour

  • My main research interests are to improve the welfare of farm animals and to find a better balance among production parameters, health, and the environment. .
  • My current research projects are forcused on welfare concerns associated with on-farm euthanasia and slaughtering of livestock

Awards and Scholarships

  • Best presenter award, Annual research symposium- 2017, Campbell Center for the study of Animal Welfare, University of Guelph, Canada.
  • Travel Grant by Poultry Science Association,USA to participate the Aannual meeting-2018 of the Poultry Science Association held in Texas, USA
  • International Doctoral Tuition Scholarship (IDTS).  University of Guelph, Canada. (2018).
  • Research Assistantship, Department of Animal Biology, University of Guelph, Canada (2015-2019)
  • Best research presenter in the 1st International Symposium of Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, 2006.
  • Travel grant by Asian Australian Animal Production Societies to present papers at the 15th AAAP congress, Bangkok, Thailand, 2012

Recent Publications

Papers published in indexed journals

1.Bandara RMAS, Torrey S, Turner PV, Schwean-Lardner K and Widowski TM (2019). Anatomical pathology, behavioral, and physiological responses induced by application of non-penetrating captive bolt devices in layer chickens. Frontiers in Veterinary Science 6:89. doi: https://doi.org/10.3389/fvets.2019.00089

2.Bandara RMAS, Torrey S, Turner PV,  Alex Alex Zur Linden, Anna Bolinder, Schwean-Lardner K and Widowski TM (2019). Efficacy of a Novel Mechanical Cervical Dislocation Device in Comparison to Manual Cervical Dislocation in Layer Chickens.Animals 9(7):407.DOI:https://doi.org/10.3390/ani9070407

 

Publications in International Conferences

1.R. M.A.S. Bandara, S. Torrey , R. L. Parsons, T. M. Widowski and S. T. Millman (2018). Assessment of aversion and time to insensibility to CO2 gas exposure in laying hens. Proceedings of Poultry Science Association- Annual meeting- 2018. Texas. USA.

2.R.M.A.S. Bandara, S. Torrey, R. L. Parsons, T.M. Widowski and S.T. Millman. (2018). Aversion to CO2 gas in turkeys using approach-avoidance and conditioned place avoidance paradigms. Proceedings of International Society for Applied Ethology, 2018. Prince Edward Island, Canada

3.R.M.A.S. Bandara, S. Torrey, R. L. Parsons, T.M. Widowski and S.T. Millman. (2018). Assessment of aversion and time to loss of consciousness to CO2 gas exposure in turkeys. Proceedings of Campbell Center for the study of Animal Welfare - Annual research symposium- 2018, Guelph, Canada.

4.R.M.A.S. Bandara, S. Torrey, A. Bolinder, K. Schwean-Lardner, P.V. Turner, and T. M. Widowski. (2017). Efficacies of manual, assisted manual and mechanical cervical dislocation methods in anesthetized layer chicks. Proceedings of the World Poultry Science Association- Annual meeting- 2017. Florida, Orlando. USA. July,2017

5.R.M.A.S. Bandara, S. Torrey, L. J. Caston, K. Schwean-Lardner and T. M. Widowski. (2017). Anatomical pathology and behavioural reflex responses induced by nonpenetrating captive bolt devices for on farm euthanasia of layer chickens. Proceedings of the Xth European symposium on poultry welfare, France, June, 2017

6.R.M.A.S. Bandara, S. Torrey, A. Bolinder, K. Schwean-Lardner, P.V. Turner, and T. M. Widowski. (2017). Efficacy of Koechner euthanizing device in comparison to manual cervical dislocation and assisted manual cervical dislocation in anesthetize layer chicks. Annual research symposium- 2017, Campbell Center for the study of Animal Welfare, Guelph, Canada.

7.L.S.W. Perera, D.A. Satharasinghe, I.K.D.C.B. Ekanayake and R.M.A.S. Bandara Assessment of Cobb-500 Broiler grandparent’s body weight on egg fertility, behaviour and testicular weight (2015). Proceedings of the 1st Annual International Conference on Veterinary and Animal Sciences. pp 12, Sri Lanka.

8.Wickramasinghe, W.A.S.D., Bandra, R.M.A.S. and Munasinghe, M.A.J.P. (2014). Effect of age of broiler breeders on chick performance and behavior. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Agriculture and Environment. pp 261, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka, November, 2014.

9.Disanayaka, N.M.T.S. Munasinghe, M.A.J.P. Bandara, R.M.A.S, Dissanayake P.D.C. and Liyanage L.A.N. (2014). Meat Performance of four boiler strains under open house and close house systems. Proceedings of the 16th AAAP Animal Science Congress, pp 189, Indonesia, November, 2014

10.Bandara, R.M.A.S., Samarakone, T.S., Sumith, M.M.P. and Wijayagunawardane M.P.B. (2014). Effect of Litter Weaning Age on Behaviour and Performances of New Zealand White Rabbit Does in Tropical Climate. Proceedings of the 16th AAAP Animal Science Congress, pp 321, Indonesia, November, 2014

11.Bandara, R.M.A.S., Rajapakshe, S.M, Munasinghe M.A.J.P, Wijerathne KMN and Kumara P.K.M.P. (2014). Welfare issues of calf management practices in small scale dairy farms; Ratnapura district, Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the 16th AAAP Animal Science Congress, pp 299, Indonesia, November, 2014

12.Tharangani, A.K.D.R.I. Bandara, R.M.A.S and Munasinghe M.A.J.P.(2014) .Co-relation of Lipolytic count and free fatty acid content of butter in four different storage temperature. Proceedings of the 16th AAAP Animal Science Congress, pp 619, Indonesia, November, 2014

13.Darshika, S.D.N. Bandara, R.M.A.S and Munasinghe M.A.J.P. (2014). Keeping quality variation of raw milk in different storage temperature. Proceedings of the 16th AAAP Animal Science Congress, pp 620, Indonesia, November, 2014

14.Munasinge, M.A.J.P., Bandara R.M.A.S., Rathnayake, R.M.S,S. and Weerakkody, G. (2014). Rancidity development in common feed ingredients during the storage period in tropical climate. Proceedings of the 16th AAAP Animal Science Congress, pp 496, Indonesia, November, 2014

15.Bandara, R.M.A.S., Samarakone, T.S., Sumith, M.M.P. and Wijayagunawardane M.P.B. (2014). Effect of age at weaning on post weaning behaviour of New Zealand White Rabbit Kits. Proceedings of the International Conference – 2014, pp 37, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Sabaragamuwa University of, Sri Lanka.

16.Basnayaka, B.M.D.D., Bandara, R.M.A.S., Dissanayake, N.M.T.S.(2014). Effect of Probiotic mixture on growth performances and well being of the Ayrshire-Friesian crossbred calves in up country; Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the International Conference – 2014, pp 55, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Sabaragamuwa University of, Sri Lanka

17.Bandara, R.M.A.S., Herath, H.M.G.P. and Herath, P.G.H.M.S.N.(2014). Socio Economic Characteristic of Cattle and Goat Keepers in Ratnapura District. Proceedings of the International Conference – 2014, pp 26, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Sabaragamuwa University of, Sri Lanka

18.Bandara, R.M.A.S., Samarakone, T.S., Sumith, M.M.P. and Wijayagunawardane M.P.B. (2013). Behaviour and Growth Performances of New Zealand White Rabbit Kits Weaned at Three Different Ages Under Tropical Climate. Proceedings of the International Symposium – 2013, pp 147, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka.

19.Bandara, R. M. A. S., Herath, H. M. G. P. and Herath, P. G. H. M. S. N. (2013). Common Health Problems and Indigenous Medicinal Practices of Cattle and Goat in Small Scale Farming System; Ratnapura District, Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the International Symposium – 2013, pp 143, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka

20.Karunarathne, R.A.P.D., Bandara, R.M.A.S. and Munasinghe, M.A.J.P. (2013). Improvement of Quality and Shelf life of Buffalo Curd by Adding Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) Essential Oil. Proceedings of the International Symposium – 2013, pp 368, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka

21.Bandara, R.M.A.S., Samarakone, T.S., Wijayagunawardane M.P.B. and Sumith, M.M.P. (2012). Behaviour and Subsequent Body Development of Primiparous New Zealand White Rabbit Does and Their Kits Under Three Different Weaning Ages in Tropical Climate. Proceedings of 15th AAAP Animal Science Congress, Volume 11-Abstracts, pp 459.Bangkok, Thailand.

22.Kalansooriya, B.C., Bandara, R.M.A.S., Disnaka, K.G.J.S. and Herath, H.M.G.P. (2012). Performance of Holstein Friesian Cows Fed Two Types of Total Mixed Rations in Upcountry Tropical Condition; Sri Lanka. Proceedings of 15th AAAP Animal Science Congress, Volume 11-Abstracts, pp 409.Bangkok, Thailand.

23.Gunathilaka, L.A.C., Bandara, R.M.A.S., Kumara, P.S. and Disnaka, K.J.S. (2012). Parental Iron Supplementation on Weight Gain and Haematological Parameters of Friesian Calves in Up Country, Sri Lanka. Proceedings of 15th AAAP Animal Science Congress, Volume 11-Abstracts, pp 640.Bangkok, Thailand.

24.Kalansooriya, B.C., Bandara, R.M.A.S., Disnaka, K.G.J.S. and Herath, M.G.P. (2013). Effect of Total Mixed Ration Feeding System on Milk Production, Composition and Growth of Early Lactation Holstein Friesian Cows Under Upcountry Dairy Farming in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium of Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka., pp 15.

25.Kalansooriya, B.C., Bandara, R.M.A.S., Disnaka, K.G.J.S. and Herath, M.G.P. (2013). Effect of Modified Total Mixed Ration by Legumes and Non Legumes on Milk Yield, Composition, Weight Gain and Body Condition Score of Holstein Friesian Cows in Early Lactation. Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium of Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka., pp 16.

26.Bandara, R.M.A.S. and Dasanayaka, D.M.W.K. (2006). Quantitative Analysis on Factors Affecting Profitability of Small Scale Broiler Production. Proceedings of the 10th Anniversary International Symposium, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka. pp.39 (awarded best oral presentation)

 

In Local Conferences 

  1. R M. A. S. Banadara, Manjula P. S. Magamage, T. S Samarakoon, Missaka P.B. Wijewardhana. Analysis of behaviour, growth and haematological parameters to determine the best weaning age in New Zealand White rabbit kits and does under tropical climatic condition, Annual Research Session, Proceedings Page 11. Second Annual Research Session of Sabaragamuwa University (ARS-SUSL) 2011, Belihuloya, Sri Lanka, December 02nd 2011.

  2. Nissanka, N.P.C. Bandara, R.M.A.S. and Disnaka, K.G.J.S.(2010). Effect of Total Mixed Ration Based on Kikuyu Grass, Brewers’ Grain and Commercial Pellets on Body Weight Gain of Friesian Heifer Calves. Proceedings of the Annual Scientific Sessions of Sri Lanka Veterinary Association, 62nd Meeting, pp 16.

  3. Dissanayaka, D. M. S. N., Bandara, R.M.A.S. and Disnaka, K.G.J.S.(2010).A Comparative Study on Weight Gain and Economic Traits of Friesian Calves Weaned at Eight Weeks of Age and Ten Weeks of Age in Intensive Large Scale Management System. Proceedings of the Annual Scientific Sessions of Sri Lanka Veterinary Association - 62nd Meeting, pp 14.

  4. Senarathna, I.W.P., Bandara, R.M.A.S., Udayathilaka, E.U. and Wickramanayake, D.D. (2009). Development of a Cultured Milk Beverage Using Cheddar Cheese Whey. Proceedings of the 1st Annual Symposium of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, pp 21.


Consultancies

Resource person- One day workshop on "Animal Welfare for Sustainable Livestock Production", organized by the Animal Welfare Socity, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna (2019). 


Research Publication in refereed Journals

1.Bandara, R. M. A. S., Rajapaksha, S. M., Munasinghe, M. A. J. P.,Wijerathna, K. M. N., & Kumara, P. K. M. P. (2015). Welfare issues of
calf management practices in small scale dairy farms, Ratnapura District, Sri Lanka. International Journal of Livestock Production,
6(4), 52-56. http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/suslj.v14i1.7689

 2.N.M.T.S. Disanayaka, M.A.J.P.Munasinghe, R.M.A.S.Bandara, L.A.N. Liyanage and P.D.C. Dissanayake (2015). Meat Yield of the Strains Cobb 500, Hubbard Classic, Hubbard Flex, Hubbard 15 under Open and Close House Condition. Sabaragamuwa University Journal,Volume 14 Number 1; pp 25-31

3.Nissanka, N.P.C., Bandara, R.M.A.S. and Disnaka, K.G.J.S. (2010). A Comparative Study on Feeding of Total Mixed Ration Vs Conventional Feeding on Weight Gain in Weaned Friesian Heifers Under Tropical Environment. Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 5(1), pp: 42-51.

4.Senarathna, I.W.P., Bandara, R.M.A.S., Udayathilaka, E.U. and Wejeratne, W.A. (2009). Development of A Cultured Milk Beverage Using Cheddar Cheese Whey. Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 4(1), pp: 46- 51.

5.Bandara, R.M.A.S. and Dasanayaka, D.M.W.K. (2006). A Quantitative Analysis on Factors affecting Profitability of Small Scale Broiler Production. Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 2 (3), pp: 45-50.

 

Research Grant obtained as a principle investigator

Sabaragamuwa University research grant (SUSL/RG/2011/03)- Analysis of Behaviour growth and hematological parameters to determine the best weaning age in New Zealand white rabbit kits and does under tropical climate conditions

IRQUE Project research grant (2011) - Indegeniouse medicinal practices for cattle and goat in Ratnapura district.