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Visiting Research Fellow, University of Cumbria; Head of Canine Behaviour, Dogs Trust, University of Cumbria

I am an experienced animal behaviour and welfare specialist, providing consultancy and carrying out research in the UK and internationally, and have spent the last 16 years working in academia, the charity sector and privately as a self-employed consultant.

As well as providing freelance consultancy to various governmental, private and third sector organisations in Asia, I am currently the Head of Canine Behaviour for Dogs Trust, providing welfare-driven, evidence-based educational resources and advice for companion animal professionals and owners, cross-directorial support to internal teams, reviewing funding applications, carrying out scoping and evaluation visits regarding funded initiatives, and providing consultancy and professional development training to overseas NGOs and governmental bodies. I sit on a number of working groups, formed to address targeted areas of animal welfare, including the lobbying of Members of Parliament to effect legislative change to improve animal welfare, using Human Behaviour Change methods.

I have previously held a senior lecturer role at Anglia Ruskin University, where I was also Chair of the Department of Life Sciences Research Ethics Panel, and was a teaching fellow at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh. Before gaining my PhD in the assessment of kennelled dog quality of life at the Royal Veterinary College, funded by Dogs Trust, I also worked as an Education Officer for the Scottish SPCA and as a Scientific Officer for the RSPCA. My interest and expertise in shelter animal welfare and clinical animal behaviour developed during my time at Bristol Veterinary School, University of Bristol, where I was a Senior Clinical Training Scholar in Cat Behaviour and Welfare, funded by Cats Protection.

Experience

  • –present
    Visiting Research Fellow, University of Cumbria

Education

  • 2013 
    Royal Veterinary College, PhD - animal welfare