Allermuir Avian Innovation and Skills Centre (AISC)

Genetics | Reproduction | Behaviour | Nutrition | Health & Welfare | Productivity | Food Integrity | Environmental Impact

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The Allermuir Avian Innovation and Skills Centre (AISC) is the UK’s largest facility to improve avian nutrition, health and welfare.

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The Centre is the only poultry research facility in the UK that can accommodate scientifically-sound replicated trials all the way from small-scale pilots through to testing ideas under near commercial conditions.

The AISC builds on decades of strategic and applied poultry research, learning and consultancy activities. It encompasses all aspects of poultry science, including nutrition, behaviour and welfare, product quality and safety, and gut & skeletal health. This unrivalled research and delivery capability includes a near-commercial scale brooder facility, complemented by an additional multi-purpose poultry house comprising multiple small-scale animal rooms, Home Office approved raised-floor units, enriched housing layer facility and large floor pen facilities.

Key research expertise

SRUC designs, manages, and delivers major research projects in poultry science to an internationally recognised high standard, from concept through to robust demonstration of application. Particular areas of expertise include:

  • Poultry production
  • Nutrition (all aspects)
  • Behaviour and welfare
  • Sub-clinical challenge models
  • Product quality (including zoonotic load)
  • Regulatory studies with EFSA compliant reporting


Rapid testing and validation of products within commercially comparable conditions. Comparisons of genetic lines or treatments based on nutrition and health.

Supporting the Grand Challenges facing livestock food production:

ResourceEfficiency & Precision Nutrition

Health & Welfare Management

Food Safety, Quality & Integrity

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Novel non-antibiotic treatment of multi-drug resistant organisms in poultry

CIEL is supporting a UK-China consortium to develop a new non-antibiotic antimicrobial treatment that could control the spread and development of antibiotic resistant pathogens in poultry. Success could lead to a reduction in antibiotic usage across the sector and better access to treatment options, offering clear veterinary and human health benefits, improved food security & integrity and supply chain resilience.