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Senior Practitioner and Zoo Courses Manager

Areas of Teaching Expertise
Animal Nutrition and Zoo Animal Management

Specialist and Research Interests
My main role is to manage the Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals. This is a 2 year distance learning course for members of the zoo community. This is run in collaboration with the British & Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) and is delivered via regional centres throughout the UK and Irish Republic.

I am also the Nutritionist for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) which involves evaluating and modifying the diets of the large range of species within their two animal collections at Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park. Currently, RZSS provides a nutritional evaluation service for forages for other zoos and I am involved in analysing bamboo for the Giant Pandas and collaborating with other research organisations in Scotland on hind gut fermentation of bamboo in their digestive system. An additional area of research and interest is the analysis and evaluation of browse silage for relevant species.

Professional Associations
I currently am a member of the following committees:

  • The Education and Training Committee of BIAZA
  • The Nutrition sub group of the Elephant Welfare group of BIAZA
  • The species committee of Pigs & Peccaries of EAZA
  • Nutritional Advisor to The Hippo & Tapir Taxon advisory Group of EAZA
  • Nutritional Advisor to the terrestrial Invertebrates group of EAZA

Conference Talks
November 2010
World Pheasant Association International Breeding Symposium in Chiang Mai Thailand
Presentation on: The digestive Physiology of Galliformes

June 2012
BIAZA Elephant Working group – Nutrition Workshop at Woburn Safari Park
Presentation on: the Principles of Elephant Nutrition and Digestion.
Presentation on: the relevance of Browse silage as a source of nutrition for elephants.

Read Andy’s blog on the launch of our DMZAA course in the Baltic region