Rae is currently in the final year of her PhD at Nottingham Trent University (UK), investigating the behaviour and welfare of indoor-only cats in comparison to those with outdoor access. She is specifically exploring global cat ownership practices and welfare indicators, including the use of hair cortisol as a physiological stress marker. Prior to her PhD, Rae worked in feline rehoming for several years and gained a distinction in her MSc in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law. Her MSc dissertation had a focus on understanding the barriers to adoption for cat and dog owners, exploring why some owners chose to purchase their animals. Rae has presented at conferences nationally and internationally, and is also a marker on the iCatCare feline behaviour courses for veterinary and cat professionals.
Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences Nottingham Trent University