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Helen's principle research interests and teaching experience lie in the area of Animal Welfare Science, with particular focus on companion animal behaviour and welfare. However, she has also supervised both undergaduate and postgraduate research in farm livestock and zoo animals. She has relevant industry experience with organisations such as the RSPCA and the Guide Dogs, and has also worked in the pet trade and with farm livestock. After completing her undergraduate studies in Animal Behaviour and Welfare, she started a career in teaching and alongside this completed an MSc in Animal Welfare, eventually becoming a Senior Lecturer in Animal and Equine studies until 2018. 

She is currently in the latter stages of a PhD on the herpetofauna trade at the University of Northampton, with a specific focus on what husbandry information is available to owners, what species are being traded, and the socio-economic factors associated with this. She also lectures at Hartpury University where she specialises in animal welfare policy and legislation. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Animal Welfare, University of Northampton


Award Date: 31 Oct 2010

Bachelor, Animal Behaviour and Welfare, Coventry University


Award Date: 31 Jul 2007

PGCE, University of Northampton


PhD, Herps across England: investigating the legal trade of reptiles and amphibians, University of Northampton

2015 → …

External positions

Academic Advisor, Bishop Burton College (University of Hull)

2020 → …

External Examiner, North Lindsey College (University of Hull)


External Examiner, University of Nottingham


External Examiner, Barnsley College (University of Hull)


External Examiner, Bishop Burton College (University of Hull)



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