My current professional focus is on making the science of anthrozoology accessible to pet owners, through books and other media - click on the Impact tab for more detail.
I was formerly Reader in Companion Animal Behaviour and University Research Theme Leader for Animal Welfare & Behaviour at the University of Bristol. My previous academic post was a Senior Research Fellowship at the University of Southampton (1987-2003), where I founded the Anthrozoology Institute.
I was one of the founders of the International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ), and formerly acted as Science Chair for the International Association of Human-Animal Interactions Organisation (IAHAIO). I have been a member of the Council of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) and served as Secretary for its Accreditation Committee from 1999-2003: I am currently responsible for course validation for that Committee.