Poultry Scientist joins the Department of Plant & Animal Sciences
Dr. Michelle Jendral joined the Department of Plant & Animal Sciences in February 2008
as assistant professor in Poultry Science. Dr. Jendral arrived from the University of
Alberta where she instructed an Animal Behaviour and Welfare course and guest lectured
courses in Animal Welfare and Poultry Production.
Originally from Peterborough, Ontario, Dr. Jendral completed her Bachelor of Science in
Biology at McMaster University. After working in research for several years at
McMaster University and at the University of Constance in Constance, Germany, she
moved to Edmonton, Alberta and completed a Bachelor of Animal Science at the
University of Alberta. She then began her Master of Science degree, transferred to the
PhD program, and on May 21, 2008 successfully defended her PhD thesis in Poultry
Ethology and Welfare.
At NSAC, Dr. Jendral will be applying her expertise to welfare and production issues
facing the poultry industry. Dr. Jendral says that a better understanding of the biology and
behaviour of the animal is crucial to improving productivity and maintaining a
competitive industry, while simultaneously meeting the animal’s needs and wants.
“Animal welfare is assessed using an integrated and multidisciplinary approach that
includes such aspects as behaviour, physiology, genetics, health and productivity. Since
behaviour reflects the actions of an animal to change and control its environment,
observing behaviour can provide information concerning needs, preferences and internal
states, and is therefore one of the best indices of animal welfare that we have.”
Dr. Jendral has received many national and international academic honours during her
studies, including National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
Canada Graduate Scholarships and the Poultry Science Association Maurice Stein
As Assistant Professor in Poultry, Dr. Jendral will be teaching an introductory Animal
Agriculture course and together with Dr. Bruce Rathgeber, she will be co-instructing
Avian Production Systems and Avian Biology courses.