After qualifying in 2012 Rebecca worked in mixed practice in Cornwall supporting several native species projects including British Divers Marine Mammal Rescue teams and local wildlife sanctuaries. Following this she moved to South Africa to work as a volunteer veterinary surgeon for a baboon rescue and rehabilitation centre (C.A.R.E) facilitating 2 troop releases and the development of a new field clinic. She then returned to the UK to study a Masters Degree in Conservation Medicine at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. As well as training in India working with Interventions in Wild Animal Health and human-wildlife conflict teams, she completed a 12 month research project on the prevalence of leprosy in UK red squirrels its relationship with health status and parasites.
Rebecca worked in first opinion practice in Edinburgh establishing a new exotic pet service in the city before moving to Devon to work at Paignton Zoo. While there she provided care for a wild variety of wildlife species as well as developing tools for behaviour and pathology monitoring. Rebecca joined RZSS in August 2022 as a Veterinary Surgeon at Highland Wildlife Park and has also recently taken on the role of veterinary advisor to the Bovid & Camelid Taxon Advisory Group.
⦁ Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, Nottingham - 2012
⦁ Master of Conservation Medicine, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh – 2018
Professional & Research interests:
Rebecca’s main passion is native UK wildlife having worked with hazel dormouse, red squirrel & pinniped conservation and rescue projects. She is also interested in quantitative behavioural management in captive animals and is working with several zoos and labs on a BIAZA approved project investigating hormonal stress (faecal glucocorticoid metabolites) measurement in giraffes.
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RZSS response to the UK Government’s intention to deprioritise species restoration
I was surprised and dismayed to read about the UK Government’s intention to deprioritise species restoration, which fails to recognise the importance of that vital pillar of biodiversity recovery, as well as flying in the face of recent guidance from the world authority for conservation, the IUCN.
Critically endangered wildcats now call the Cairngorms National Park home
The first round of wildcat releases in Scotland has been completed by Saving Wildcats, led by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) in partnership with NatureScot, Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS), The Cairngorms National Park Authority, Nordens Ark and Consejería de Sostenibilidad, Medio Ambiente y Economía Azul de la Junta de Andalucía.