My name is Kim Halford. I’m a 31-year-old woman from South Yorkshire. My love of animals is the main focus for my career leading to me going to vet school. This passion for animals later led to me further studying behaviour and welfare.
Before Vet School
As a teen, most of my time was spent with animals; either mucking out horses at a riding school or helping at the local vets. Between the time I spent working at the riding school and at the vets I also crammed in school work. Though things were pretty busy at I still also spent time looking after my pets; two Russian Dwarf Hamsters and two dogs, Brandy and Tess.
Training to be a Vet
At eighteen, I packed up my possessions and moved from a small town in the South Yorkshire to London, a huge city I’d only visited once. I went to study Veterinary Medicine at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in London. At vet school I learnt huge amounts about animal health and disease, got used to a different way of life and grew in independence. I graduating vet school in 2011.
Time as a Vet
After I qualified I worked in various small animal vets throughout Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Greater Manchester. I got used to different clientele as well as their animals. The vets I worked at on the whole treated mostly dogs and cats but I’ve also worked with rabbits, rodents and clinically with some reptiles. I also own geckos so have researched their care and advised upon the care of other reptiles.
Moving on From Vet Work?
In 2016 I decided to go back to University; I wanted to concentrate more on animal behaviour and welfare. After a short time studying rabbit behaviour I enrolled in a Masters Degree in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare at Newcastle University. That was a busy year when I learn a lot about what makes animals tick and more about welfare. I graduated the MSc in December 2017 and decided to make a career out of welfare and behaviour. My new challenge now is to set up Animal Welfare Matters and help to improve the lives of as many animals as possible.