I have known since childhood I that I wanted to help animals. I always brought home injured kittens, puppies and birds to help them recover. I come from India, a country that often struggles with human-animal conflict and an overgrown population of stray dogs and cats. I grew up with family dogs and cats. The most impact I had was from my first dog Sunny. He was the gentlest soul one would ever meet and my best friend from the age of 4 – 14. My cat Lola also helped me understand felines better. Lola, unfortunately, lived a short life due to a freak accident at home. Something changed in me at that moment, and I knew I needed a career in Animal Welfare. I cannot decide if I am a cat person or a dog person. I love them both equally. I also love elephants, primates, big cats, zebras, penguins…the list does not end!
I am a learning and development professional with over 7 years of experience in one of the Big 4 audit firms. I have a master’s degree in Organisational psychology from The University of Nottingham. Along with my professional life, I was a steady volunteer at my local shelter. I helped spread the word of animal welfare and helped communities understand how to interact with their community dogs. I also took a sabbatical from work to volunteer full-time at an animal shelter creating education programs for their community.
I have now decided to shift to a career focusing on Animal Welfare. I recently completed my second master’s degree in Human-Animal Interaction from The University of Stirling as a first step towards building my career in this field