Kerry Sands

The MA in Anthrozoology has been an incredible learning and life changing experience for me. I chose the programme as I was attracted by the emphasis on the relationship aspect of understanding our shared existence with nonhuman animals.  I was also looking for a programme that would give me academic insight and rigorous material and critique for my role within animal welfare and ex-racing greyhound advocacy, which this course certainly has. For me, the greatest delight was the opportunity to really burrow down into my own areas of interest, whilst also developing my own style and ‘personality’ within social science research. For my dissertation, I explored the transformational value of interactions between human and nonhuman greyhound participants at charity street collections. During my time on the MA I have also met some wonderful people – human and nonhuman– and made some great friendships, which have enriched my life in a myriad of ways. Not ready to let go of the learning, I’m now going on to do a PhD at Exeter!