New Addition to the Team: Fiona Roberts
Fiona joined PIC Technical Resources in January 2019 and is based in Dorset in SW England, married with one son. Having graduated with a degree in physiology, biochemistry and nutrition of farm animals she completed a PhD evaluating the physiological impact of incorporating soluble fibre sources into the diets of growing pigs. Following a postdoctoral placement at the National Institute of Animal Science in Denmark, Fiona has worked variously for a UK pig marketing group, in teaching and research, and as project co-ordinator on the zoonoses prevalence and control programme as part of the Pig Health Team at AHDB (Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board). Before joining PIC she was working as the Technical Manager for Integra; a UK based company operating globally providing inspection, advisory and consulting services to animal supply chains (red meat, poultry and fish species) across a range of retail and food manufacturing businesses. The emphasis was on ensuring adherence to animal welfare requirements at farm and abattoir level but mindful of production considerations and commercial pressures. In moving to PIC Fiona hopes that she can utilise her whole chain knowledge and understanding of European pig production in the role and apply the experience gained in issues such as welfare, outdoor production and responsible antimicrobial use.
In her spare time she looks after an assortment of rescued waifs and strays: dogs, ferrets and guinea pigs