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Sabrina Brando is passionate about animals and the natural world. In her work Sabrina focusses on promoting positive animal welfare and good human-animal interactions and relationships, this to facilitate excellent animal care and protection. Sabrina founded AnimalConcepts in 2004, and since 2008 she works full-time through her company as a consultant in animal care and welfare, working in zoos, marine parks, animal shelters, government facilities, research laboratories and wildlife sanctuaries world wide. Species rang from rabbits, mice and birds to bears, snakes, crocodiles, dolphins and gorillas. Over the years she has organized over 200 seminars and workshops world wide on a wide variety of topics, collaborating with other animal welfare professionals, including researchers, veterinarians, caretakers, and policymakers. Sabrina has a BSc. in psychology (Hons), and is enrolled in a MSc. of Psychology and a MSc. in Animal Studies. She is currently finalising the thesis of the Animal Studies Msc., looking at animal welfare law, audit processes, and animal welfare outcome assessment criteria. Sabrina teaches as a guest lecturer on the MRes in Marine Mammal Science at the St. Andrews University and through the IAT UK she teaches CPD courses on animal welfare and enrichment for laboratory animals. Sabrina has authored and co-authored peer-reviewed scientific publication as well as book chapters, presented extensively and has been an invited- and keynote speaker at animal welfare conferences. She teaches workshops on animal care, welfare, enrichment, exhibit design, training and behaviour, the human-animal bond, animal learning and many other animal related topics for animal care staff, veterinarians, curators, students and managers as well as working with large teams as a consultant for multiple zoos, research facilities and universities. Sabrina is involved in various animal welfare, cognition and behaviour research projects. All lectures and workshops cover the importance of choice, complexity and control for animal welfare, and the importance of considering their lives from a 24/7 perspective.

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Hannah Buchanan-Smith strives to improve the welfare of animals in captive environments. Hannah obtained a BSc (Hons) from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland and was awarded her PhD at the University of Reading, England. Hannah’s PhD research combined captive and field studies of tamarin monkeys . Studying the tamarins in Bolivia brought a new perspective to her views on animal welfare and a change in research direction. Hannah is now a Professor at the University of Stirling, Scotland, and is a founding member of their Behaviour and Evolution Research Group and a member of the Scottish Primate Research Group. She conducts fundamental scientific research on the behaviour, ecology, evolution and welfare of mammals in a range of captive environments. Where appropriate she advocates a combined approach of field research in natural habitats, together with hypotheses testing under controlled conditions in captivity, to provide a fuller understanding of the genetic, physiological and psychological underpinnings of behaviour. These combined methodologies ensure a multi-disciplinary approach to studying behaviour and welfare. Hannah’s current research projects include examining the link between welfare and quality of scientific output in primates and beagle dogs used in laboratory research and testing, and Refinement of common marmoset rearing practices, a species she has studied in Brazil (see Marmoset Care). She has a fundamental interest in human-animal relationships, and the importance of choice, complexity and control for animal welfare. She promotes positive reinforcement training. Hannah has published over 100 articles in refereed journals, and has contributed to number of external roles providing guidance on animals on keeping animals in captivity.

We also highlight a new taught postgraduate course at the University of Stirling, on Human Animal Interactions. This degree will introduce students to interdisciplinary approaches and a diverse range of methods used to research our relationships with other species. It will cover a broad range of topics and considers human-animal interactions across a diverse range of contexts from pet owning to animal assisted interventions, zoos, farms and conservation.
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