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Associate Professor in Poultry Science, Nottingham Trent University

Dr Emily Burton is president of the World's Poultry Science Association UK Branch, and represents the UK on the WPSA European Working Group on Poultry Education and Information.At Nottingham Trent University, Emily is an associate professor in poultry science. She undertakes a mixture of teaching, commercially driven research investigations and applied research into poultry nutrition and related fields. Dr Burton leads the University’s poultry nutrition research team, based at the Brackenhurst Campus.

Emily gained a BSc in Animal Physiology and Nutrition from the University of Leeds and a PhD in the nutritional value of soya beans for broiler chicks from the University of Nottingham. She spent seven years as a post-doctoral researcher mainly focusing on feed quality and exogenous enzyme effects on broiler performance, but also briefly investigating the capacity of fibrolytic enzymes to improve forage digestion in dairy cows.

After a spending two years as the companion bird nutritionist for Mars at their Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, Emily established a new poultry research unit at Nottingham Trent University in 2009.

Emily's research primarily focuses on interactions between feed materials and gastrointestinal physiology in poultry. She has particular interest in optimising the nutritional value of industrial co-products for use in poultry diets, bone development in poultry and the role of nutrition in improving gut health and reducing the environmental impact of poultry production.

Dr Burton represents the UK in the World’s Poultry Science Association European Working Group on Nutrition. This group organises the European Poultry Nutrition Symposium – a meeting considered by many to be the leading source on the future direction of this sector for both academics and practitioners around the world. She is a council member of the World’s Poultry Science Association (WPSA) UK Branch and chairs the Programme Committee of their annual meeting which is jointly held with the British Society for Animal Science (BSAS) annual meeting. She is also a council member of British Society for Animal Science (BSAS) and an ambassador of their Academia Association.


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    Associate Professor in Poultry Science, Nottingham Trent University