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Yorkshire Cat Rescue

Dr. Jenna Kiddie

Animal Behaviour and Welfare Consultant

PhD Royal Veterinary College, London

PGCert(HE), Anglia Ruskin University


Domain Interest and Expertise: Animal Behaviour and Training, Animal Welfare, Monitoring and Evaluation for Impact

Dr. Jenna Kiddie has a BSc(Hons) in Zoology from the University of Aberdeen, an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh, a PhD from  the Royal Veterinary College, London, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (Higher Education) from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

Dr. Kiddie is an experienced international animal behaviour and welfare specialist, providing: consultancy to veterinary, welfare, education and advocacy organisations; public education and continuing professional development events; and empirical and desktop research into animal behaviour and welfare issues, publishing in international peer-reviewed scientific journals and presenting at international scientific and industry conferences. She also provides pet behaviour counselling to dog and cat owners.

Dr. Kiddie is currently also a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Cumbria, and is the Head of Behaviour for a large animal welfare organisation in the UK, providing welfare-driven, evidence-based educational resources and advice for professionals and owners, and cross-directorial support to internal teams. She sits on a number of working groups, formed to address targeted areas of animal welfare, including efforts to effect legislative change to improve animal welfare, using Human Behaviour Change methods. Dr. Kiddie also works closely with Dogs Trust Worldwide, reviewing funding applications submitted to their International Grants Programme, carrying out scoping and evaluation visits regarding funded initiatives, liaising with overseas NGOs and governmental bodies, and providing professional development training.

Dr. Kiddie has previously held a senior lecturer role at Anglia Ruskin University, where she 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 her PhD in the assessment of kennelled dog quality of life at the Royal Veterinary College, funded by Dogs Trust, she also worked as an Education Officer for the Scottish SPCA and as a Scientific Officer for the RSPCA. Dr. Kiddie’s interest and expertise in shelter animal welfare developed during her time at Bristol Veterinary School, University of Bristol, where she was a Senior Clinical Training Scholar in Cat Behaviour and Welfare, funded by Cats Protection.

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