Mrs. R.M. Amila S. Bandara
PhD candidate- Department of Animal Biosciences, University of Guelph, Canada
M.Phil- Department of Animal Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
B.Sc. Agri (Specialization in Livestock Production). Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka.
Research Assistant- University of Guelph, Canada (since 2015 up to date)
Visiting Scientist- Iowa State University, USA ( 2017)
Teaching Assistant - Animal Physiology- University of Guelph, Canada (2018)
Certificate course in Teaching Development Program (TDP) -University of Guelph, Canada
Certificate Course in Teaching Methodology in Higher Education, Staff Development Centre, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka
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, investigating on-farm euthanasia of poultry. We are focusing on the efficacy of different on-farm euthanasia techniques across North America and wish 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.
After my Ph.D., I hope to pursue my research interests in an academic setting where I can investigate basic research questions that may have implications for industry and policy.
The Poultry Science Association, USA
International Society for Applied Ethology
Cambell Center for the study of Animal Welfare, Canada
Animal Welfare and Behaviour
My main research interests are to improve the welfare of farm animals and to find a better balance between production parameters, health, and the environment. .
Awards and Scholarships
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: 10.3389/fvets.2019.00089
International Conference Publications
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.