Staff

Emily Birch
Emily has a BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour and Welfare and an MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour. She currently works as a Kennel Club funded Research Fellow and project leads a number of canine related projects. She also lectures on the canine behaviour and training module and runs evening courses on canine behaviour for members of the public. Emily is passionate about delivering fair, humane and ethical dog training based upon scientific principles. Emily owns two border collies, Zipper and Juno who compete in agility, sheepdog trials and more recently branching into the obedience field. Emily also has two family dogs, both of whom she has to thank for showing her the path of animal behaviour. Emily is a keen runner, which comes in useful when trying to catch one of her 15 sheep!

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Dr Jacqueline Boyd
Jackie has a BSc (hons) in Zoology (parasitology), an MSc in Animal Nutrition and has a PhD in Genetics and Molecular Parasitology. Jackie is a senior lecturer and teaches undergraduates on a number of modules including Anthrozoology, Animal Assisted Interventions, Animal Nutrition and Reproduction and Breeding. Jackie also course leads two postgraduate MSc courses in Animal Health and Welfare and Applied Anthrozoology. Jackie has a keen interest in agility research and has presented her research at international conferences. Jackie is currently chair of The Kennel Club’s Activities Health and Welfare Sub Group and is passionate about the dissemination of research. Outside of work, Jackie competes with her 3 working Cocker Spaniels in agility during the summer months and beating on local shoots over the winter months. Jackie also has two horses and enjoys cars, reading and gin.

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Alexandre Bordin
Alex is the latest member of the team and helps teach on the evening courses and weekend workshops. Alex qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon in his home country of Brazil and then moved to the UK to complete an MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour. Alex is often invited to give guest lectures on canine behaviour to local training venues and centres. Alex spent the last year studying wolves in Germany on a research project. Outside of work, Alex likes cooking, walking and generally hanging out with dogs.

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Dr Anne Carter
Anne has a BSc (hons) in Zoology, an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare and has a PhD examining types of enrichment and welfare implications for dogs. Anne is a senior lecturer and course leader for the BSc (hons) Animal Biology course. She teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate students on Animal Behaviour, Animal Welfare and Anthrozoology. Anne’s current research interests focus on Canicross dogs, with this being one of her weekend hobbies. Canicross is running with dogs attached to you via a specific harness, allowing them to pull you around a course. Think sled dogs, minus the sled. Anne has two rescue dogs, who compete regularly in Canicross races including half marathons. Outside of work, Anne enjoys long countryside walks, agility and trying to persuade her dogs to go running, even when its raining.

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Dr Samantha Bremner-Harrison
Sam is another key member and brings a different angle to the canine team. Sam’s PhD looked at personality profiling in wild Canids and she has a keen interest in something called ‘Pace of Life Syndrome’ whereby an individual’s personality impacts upon their survival. Think of the term ‘live fast, die young’! More recently, Sam has begun examining how personality profiling can affect the performance of agility dogs. Sam owns two dogs, a Samoyed/retriever cross called Kessie and a rescue dog called Bram. Outside of work Sam enjoys riding her horse, cuddling Kessie and inevitably trying to catch Bram.

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Emily Hall
Emily is a veterinary surgeon with an MA and VetMB from Cambridge Vet School and is one of the lectures on the Veterinary Nursing team. She works in local veterinary practices on weekends, so is often very busy. Emily is currently researching the risk factors for hyperthermia/heatstroke in the canine athlete. Outside of work, Emily is a keen rowing coach and is owned by three cats.

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