Expert Witness Services

Animal behaviour and welfare science is well developed; therefore experts are regularly called upon in animal-related court cases. I am able to provide expert witness services, to include 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.

Services

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

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Animal behaviour consultations

 Animal behaviour consultations address issues including anxieties or fears, reactivity, separation-related issues, house soiling and repetitive behaviour. I provide dog behaviour, cat behaviour 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 and reports for child adoption or fostering agencies

If animal owners are applying to adopt or foster a child, I assess the behaviour and temperament of those animals.

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Animal behaviour or welfare expert witness services

I provide expert witness services, to include a report-based unbiased expert opinion concerning the behaviour or welfare of domesticated dogs, cats or rabbits.

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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 working towards clinical animal behaviourist accreditation, I provide regular teaching and supervision opportunities.

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