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I assess aquaculture farms, marine freshwater lochs, terrestrial facilities and activities that involve transport to make sure they are compliant with the RSPCA’s strict welfare standards. The most important part of my job is ensuring my assessments are robust so that they help to provide the highest welfare conditions possible for the animal.
One of my favourite parts of the job is travelling and taking in the scenery, immersing myself in the picturesque landscapes of Scotland. I’m lucky enough to be able to visit some stunning places that not many people get to see. Coming from a quality assurance background, I find the auditing process to be particularly rewarding as it allows me to effect meaningful improvements and changes. Another great part of the job is meeting new people and chatting with them.
I enjoy working for RSPCA Assured because I love helping our members ensure that all the animals on RSPCA Assured farms are cared for and have the best life possible. It’s such a privilege to be able to do a job I love and help animals at the same time.
A deep knowledge and understanding of the species you are specialising in, particularly regarding their growth conditions and welfare aspects, are vital. It’s also helpful to have an outgoing personality. When you’re communicating with people on farms you’re assessing, you need to be friendly and approachable, but also fair and firm when needed.
These skills are vital when it comes to making sure your farm assessments are thorough and consistent. You need to ensure customer confidence and build a good relationship, as well as providing every animal with the best life possible.
In my spare time, I make Harris Tweed cushions. In my youth, I worked in a sewing factory, and I’ve hung onto those skills. I enjoy reupholstering old furniture using local materials. I also like walking, gardening, and visiting my family and friends. I also have a broad taste in music, and enjoy most genres!!
We have a family pet, a miniature dachshund called Munro, who lives with my mum.