Karen’s work has encompassed front-line engagement in many differing capacities and settings. This has included general practice in North Yorkshire and farm animal practice in Herefordshire; voluntary service in Nepal and Jordan; field-based research to improve the health and productivity of Bedouin sheep flocks in Jordan; being a core technical contributor to the development of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) global welfare standards for working equines; and her current role as Executive Director of Dogs Trust Worldwide, where she is responsible for spearheading a programme to promote responsible dog ownership through sharing best practice globally.
Upon graduating from the Royal Veterinary College in 1987, Karen spent three years teaching animal health and husbandry in Nepal before returning to the UK to undertake an MSc in tropical veterinary medicine in Edinburgh, which she completed with distinction. She then worked with the Overseas Development Administration (now DfID) in Jordan, Society for Protection of Animals Abroad (SPANA) as Veterinary Director, and Brooke as Head of Animal Welfare, before taking up her current role at Dogs Trust. Karen has been a longstanding member and Chair of BVA’s former Overseas Group, a current member of BVA’s Ethics and Welfare Advisory Panel, and a founder member and Director of Vetwork UK.