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In my previous role, I worked as a poultry welfare officer for a free-range chicken and turkey producer for around three years. This marked a refreshing shift in my career, as I had been employed in the insurance sector before this. Throughout my life, I’ve always been around farmed animals and wanted to be working outdoors. So this role is a dream come true for me.
As a field assessor, I predominantly specialise in poultry. My role involves visiting members' farms and carrying out annual renewal assessments as well as checking new applications to join the scheme are compliant. so important to ensure that all farmed animals on the scheme are given the best possible quality of life from start to finish.
Being able to engage with our members is my favourite part of being an assessor. We have some passionate farmers and producers on the scheme. It’s so rewarding to visit them and discuss the positive differences they’re making to animal welfare.
I love working for a scheme where the main focus is driving positive change for the welfare of farmed animals and looking at new innovative ways we can continue to do this.
A huge part of the job is learning how to communicate with people from different walks of life. You need to be compassionate with members and understand their needs, but at the same time, you need to be resilient and ensure they’re holding to the RSPCA’s higher welfare standards.
I’m at my best when I’m outdoors, surrounded by the serenity of nature. Whether it's exploring unknown territories or taking a hike up a mountain, every chance to go outside infuses me with a sense of adventure and tranquillity. But, I also love spending my downtime with my loved ones - and that usually involves hanging out at the pub!
If I were an animal, it would have to be a chicken, of course. Chickens are known for their sociability and fondness of the outdoors, just like me. Plus, much like them, I never stray too far away from food!