Prior to my academic career, I taught for five years in the elementary school system. However, I was interested in academic writing and teaching higher education-- as well as animals-- so I pursued a PhD in Educational Studies. My dissertation and published student research, was in the area of human-animal relationships, which I continued pursuing after I was hired in the Faculty of Education at the University of Windsor.
In 2012, I introduced a new course, Animals & Humans in Society, in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Science (FAHSS). As interest began to grow, I developed additional courses. This led to the creation of a new program, a Certificate in Anthrozoology. As the only university in Canada to offer a specialisation in human-animal relationships, the program continues to grow.
In 2019, I also began a regular radio column on CBC's Morning Show. As the "resident Anthrozoologist," a moniker used by host Tony Doucette, I contribute my ideas, based on facts and interest, regarding a range of human-animal topics that impact our local community, as well as the global community at large.