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Animal Management Programme Lead

Katrina is a highly-skilled and knowledgeable wildlife expert and is the Programme Lead on the College’s HNC and HND Animal Management (Behaviour and Welfare) course.

Katrina joined the College in 1998 as a part-time lecturer and technician within the Animal Centre at our Lackham campus. Since then, she has taught a wide range of subjects and levels within the animal care and land-based departments. She specialises in animal anatomy and physiology, animal behaviour, research projects and animal diversity and evolution.

While working at the College, Katrina completed a Masters (Sc) degree in Behavioural Ecology at the University of Bristol, becoming one of the first part-time Masters students in her area of study at the university. Her thesis concerned the visual abilities of woodland birds. She previously studied Zoology at the University of Wales, Swansea.

During a gap year in Australia, Katrina worked as a volunteer on the Great Barrier Reef and for the Whale Foundation. Upon her return to the UK, she completed a PGCE while working at Bristol Zoo. Following that, she worked at the Exploratory Hands-on Science Centre in Bristol and was part of the team that developed a biology section.

Katrina said: “I love to see students grow and develop, and feel proud that I can pass on experience and knowledge that will further their interests and careers. Animals, and their care and welfare, are a passion that I have had all my life. Just the simple act of watching animals gives us such insight into the world around us. If I can pass on that passion to the next generation, I feel I am fulfilling my role in promoting ongoing animal welfare, understanding and sustainability.”

Outside of work, Katrina spends a lot of time looking after her many pets – she currently owns guinea pigs, fish, rats and chickens. She also enjoyed reading and photography, especially of animals and nature.

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