Corinne McCafferty

Country: United Kingdom
Sector: Non-profit - Other
Job title: Equine Behaviourist
Subject of study: Animal Behaviour
Year of graduation: 2017
Type/Level of study: Post graduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name

The Donkey Sanctuary

What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

Working for The Donkey Sanctuary, building up to becoming a member of the behaviour team, which I have now achieved.

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

A long time passion for equine welfare and a love for hands-on work with animals. I enjoy making a real difference in the lives of donkeys and their humans.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

I was in the Harry Potter society which was a lot of fun.

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

I really enjoyed the module about animal husbandry and welfare which took place at Paignton Zoo and I enjoyed the Lundy field trip.

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

I enjoyed the campus, the diverse range of clubs and societies, and the events held by these clubs.

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

The MSc Animal Behaviour programme was focused on acquiring essential skills that would be beneficial within a range of careers. It was unique that it was set within the school of psychology as opposed to biology or veterinary science. It gave me the flexibility to follow a range of careers.

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

Data analysis, statistics, and research methods.

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

Volunteer, attend webinars and training courses, get to know people in the field and find someone who can mentor and support you.

What are your plans for the future?

I plan on continuing to work for The Donkey Sanctuary to deliver vital interventions to donkeys in need. I plan on furthering my education to meet the professional standards of a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist under ASAB.


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