Roy Kirkwood

Dr Roy Kirkwood

Associate Professor

School of Animal and Veterinary Science

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Originally from the UK, I completed my BSc in zoology with applied zoology from the University of Wales before undertaking a PhD programme at the University of Leed researching boar effects on gilt puberty. I then moved to Massey University in New Zealand for 2 years researching the impact of lactation length on sow fertility. I then moved to Canada and conducted research in various areas, including nutritional effects on sow fertility. I received my DVM from Saskatchewan in 1995 and moved back to Alberta as the provincial swine research veterinarian. In 1999 I moved to the Royal Veterinary College (London) as a senior lecturer before moving to Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. I relocated to the University of Adelaide in 2011.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2011 - ongoing Associate professor University of Adelaide
    2001 - 2011 Associate professor Michigan State University
    1999 - 2001 Senior lecturer Royal Veterinary College
    1995 - 1999 Research veterinarian Government of alberta
    1987 - 1995 Research Scientist University of Saskatchewan
    1984 - 1987 Post doctoral fellow University of Alberta
    1982 - 1984 Post doctoral fellow Massey University
    1981 - 1982 Post doctoral fellow University of Leeds
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    University College of North Wales United Kingdom BSc
    University of Leeds United Kingdom PhD
    University of Saskatchewan Canada DVM
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    Diplomate European College of Animal Reproduction
  • Research Interests

  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2022 Principal Supervisor Development of non-injection administration of GnRH for effective control of ovulation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr A H M Musleh Uddin
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - 2022 Principal Supervisor Management of sows and their piglets around the periparturient period: observing the effects on survival and performance of the litter Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Sophia Alexandra Ward
    2018 - 2021 Principal Supervisor Development and Manipulation of the Piglet Intestinal Microbiota Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Tanya Louise Nowland
    2018 - 2022 Principal Supervisor Identifying and managing low viable piglets for improved survival Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Bryony Tucker
    2016 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Evaluation of pH Neutral Electrochemically Activated Solution (ECAS): As a Sanitiser for Livestock Husbandry and Food Safety Applications Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Sangay Tenzin
    2015 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Birth Litter Sex Ratio Affects Gilt Behaviour, Endocrine Status and Reproductive Performance Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Jemma Savaglia
    2014 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Feeding Value of Sweet Potato and Cassava to Growing Pigs Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Michael Theophilus Dom
    2012 - 2016 Co-Supervisor The epidemiology of pig diseases and the emergence of porcine circovirus type 2 in Papua Province, Indonesia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Widi Nugroho
    2011 - 2016 Co-Supervisor The induction of a fertile oestrus in lactating sows and the subsequent effect mating in lactation has on oocyte quality and embryo survival Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Alice Caroline Weaver
  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 83137617
  • Email: roy.kirkwood@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 83137956
  • Campus: Roseworthy
  • Building: Corridor Block, floor G
  • Org Unit: School of Animal and Veterinary Science

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