Animal Behaviour Expert Witness

Animal behaviour and welfare science is well developed, and experts are regularly called upon in animal-related court cases. I am therefore able to provide animal behaviour expert witness services - including a report-based unbiased expert opinion concerning the behaviour and/or welfare of domesticated dogs, cats or rabbits. My expert witness work is nationwide.

I have experience of providing unbiased opinions and reports on the welfare and behaviour of animals in criminal and civil cases related to section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, the Animals Act 1971, and where owners are facing prosecution under sections 3(1) and (4) of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 and under section 1(3) of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1989. I have attended court to give evidence as required. I have worked alongside an animal welfare charity, instructing solicitors and police forces. Expert reports, with pertinent references to animal behaviour science, are prepared and presented to the court and, where appropriate, they include recommendations for the animals future behaviour and management.

If you are a solicitor seeking an expert, please contact me directly for further information.

If you and your animal are implicated in court proceedings, please contact me directly for further information. If you have not already instructed a solicitor, I will advise you to do so. I then review all case details before conducting a behaviour and/or welfare assessment of the animal(s) concerned. This takes place in the owners home or in holding kennels, as appropriate. A report is then prepared and I attend court hearings as required.


By combining extensive experience and sound scientific knowledge, I provide the following services.

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Animal behaviour consultations

Animal behaviour consultations address concerns such as anxiety, fear, phobias, frustration, aggression, separation-related issues, house soiling and repetitive behaviour. I provide dog, cat and rabbit behaviour consultations.

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Behaviour referral service for Veterinary Surgeons

I offer a professional behavioural referral service for Veterinary Surgeons and their clients.

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Animal behaviour assessments & reports for child adoption or fostering agencies / Social Services / School Dog Assessments

If animal owners are applying to adopt or foster a child, or on referral from social services or in cases of school dogs, I assess the behaviour and temperament of animals within the home or school.

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Animal behaviour or welfare expert witness services

I provide criminal or civil act expert witness services, to include a report-based unbiased expert opinion concerning the behaviour or welfare of domesticated dogs, cats or rabbits. I also attend court where necessary.

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Peer-reviewed published articles

I have written animal behaviour articles which have been peer-reviewed and published.

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Teaching and supervision

For those with a level 6 or above academic qualification who have CCAB pre-certification and are therefore working towards their CCAB accreditation, I can provide teaching and supervision opportunities.

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