Helen Tedds
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Helen's principle research interests and teaching experience lie in the area of Animal Welfare Science, with particular focus on companion animal behaviour and welfare, and animal welfare policy and law. However, she has also supervised both undergaduate and postgraduate research in farm livestock and zoo animals. She has relevant industry experience with organisations such as the RSPCA and the Guide Dogs, and has also worked in the pet trade and with farm livestock. After completing her undergraduate studies in Animal Behaviour and Welfare, she started a career in lecturing and alongside this completed an MSc in Animal Welfare, eventually becoming a Senior Lecturer in Animal and Equine studies until 2018. 

Between 2018 and 2021 she worked towards a PhD on the herpetofauna trade at the University of Northampton, with a specific focus on what husbandry information is available to owners, what species are being traded and the socio-economic factors associated with this. This research is now in the writing-up stage with a planned completion date of October 2022. During this time she also served as an external examiner for the University of Hull and the University of Nottingham. In 2021 she joined the team at Hartpury University in the Department of Animal and Agriculture where she specialises in animal welfare policy and legislation. She also continues to act as an Academic Consultant for the University of Hull. 

Alongside her research and lecturing she also serves as Secretary for Elmdon Park Support Group (Solihull), and works closely with Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to support the groups' aims of conserving the physical and natural heritage of Elmdon Park. This includes bidding for funding, designing marketing materials, maintaing a website, and running social media pages. 

Education/Academic qualification

PGCE, University of Northampton


Master, University of Northampton


Bachelor, Coventry University


PhD, University of Northampton

2015 → …

External positions

Academic Consultant, University of Hull

2021 → …

External Examiner, University of Nottingham

2018 → …


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