I received my veterinary degree and Ph.D. (in animal behaviour and human–animal interactions) from the University of Queensland, Australia. From 1992 to 2015, I was a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Cambridge, UK. Since January 2015, I’ve been an affiliate of the Sydney School of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney, working at the Charles Perkins Centre. Since 1997, I have also been the editor-in-chief of Anthrozoös, a multidisciplinary journal of the interactions of people and animals.
My research interests include companion animal behaviour, the treatment of animal behavioural problems, attitudes to animals and animal welfare, and cultural aspects of human–animal interactions. I have published numerous papers and book chapters on these topics and have co-edited two books: “Companion Animals & Us” and “Bestiality & Zoophilia: Sexual Relations with Animals”.
Apart from being a Board member of the International Society for Anthrozoology, I am also Honorary Scientific Adviser to the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors.