31 July 2018

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Dr de Vere to lead Animal Management degree programmes

DR AMBER DE VERE 

PROGRAMME MANAGER for ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR & WELFARE and ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR & CONSERVATION DEGREE PROGRAMMES

EDUCATION

BA Biology/Biological Sciences: University of Oxford

MA, Brain and Behaviour: Marine Mammal Behaviour and Cognition Laboratory, The University of Mississippi

PhD, Brain and Behaviour: Marine Mammal Behaviour and Cognition Laboratory, The University of Mississippi

SPECIALISM

Pinniped personality and welfare

BEST MOMENT

Watching a sea lion being born was pretty incredible!

WHAT INSPIRED YOU?

I have always loved the ocean. I have been scuba diving since I was 12. I remember scuba diving with cuttlefish in Cornwall and being fascinated by them. They are invertebrates but are a very smart animal, they are related to the octopus. I ended up completing a project on them at school and from then on knew marine life would be my passion. 

WHY PLUMPTON?

I taught at USM for a year and wanted to combine my education in psychology with my love of animals. Very few places have facilities like Plumpton with small class sizes, it’s a brilliant environment for learning.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO AT PLUMPTON?  

More recently, we have become part of the University Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) which links Plumpton with a network of other higher education institutions across the world that offer programmes relating to animal welfare. It has great benefits for our students including funding for research, conferences, seminars and opportunities to collaborate with other universities. It’s going to be really exciting for students on the courses!

Interested in joining the team? You can find out about opportunities available on our vacancies page

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