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Chair in Human-Animal Interaction, University of Liverpool

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".


  • 2005–2008
    PhD, University of Liverpool


  • 2012 
    University of Liverpool, Masters in Public Health
  • 2008 
    University of Liverpool, PhD
  • 2002 
    University of Liverpool, BSc Combined Honours Zoology and Genetics