I am a full-time freelance writer, specialising in animal health. I am also a graduate with a BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour and Welfare. Before making the switch to full-time writing, I held a full-time position with a local authority’s animal health team as a farm inspector. I worked with members of the agricultural and rural community such as farmers and in abattoirs, livestock markets and with transporters. I also worked with livestock, assessing the health and welfare of the animals on site and investigated possible welfare offences against them.
I hold a Level 7 BTEC Advanced Professional Certificate in Investigative Practice and the Trading Standards Professional Certificates in Animal Health and Legal Systems. I have undertaken work as a voluntary researcher on a large-scale wildlife project in Botswana, where I assisted the principal researcher in collecting forage and dung samples and with behavioural observations in the field. I also conducted radio telemetry tracking and, while office based, undertook data sorting/analysis.
I have a professional and personal interest in pets and companion animals and have worked as a volunteer in many local animal welfare shelters, especially in the capacity of an advisor dealing with the behavioural issues of animals in the shelter before they are re-homed.