I am Professor of Human-Animal Interaction at the University of Liverpool in the Department of Livestock and One Health, School of Veterinary Science. I lead the Westgarth Anthrozoology Group and founded and lead the Merseyside Dog Safety Partnership. My research focuses on dog bite prevention, dog walking, canine obesity, canine ageing.
I am also a Full Member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors and occasionally teach dog training classes on the Wirral.
My PhD was conducted from 2005-2008 in the University of Liverpool Veterinary Epidemiology Group and was entitled "Contact between dogs, and between dogs and people".