My name is Adam Rogers from Trowbridge, near Bath in the United Kindgdom and I am soon to be a vet student at the University of Kosice. I have dedicated my life to making a difference for animals for over a decade and hope that a veterinary qualification will allow me to change the world for our animal companions.
My career started while working for Bath RSPCA, the second largest rehoming centre in the UK. As head of small animals I was fortunate enough to work with a huge array of species. It also offered me the flexibility to set up Freedom Farm scheme, a programme of rescuing and rehoming ex-battery hens (and the odd duck!).
I am proud to say this scheme still continues today and has saved thousands of lives!
It was while working for the RSPCA that I met the wonderful Sarah Fisher, of Tilley Farm and discovered the Tellington TTouch technique. This technique uses a series of body work and ground exercises to help solve a range of behavioural issues by recognising the intrinsic link between an animal’s posture and its behaviour.
The Tellington TTouch method crosses the species barrier and can help even our small animal companions, and it was in 2002 that I wrote my first book, The Big Guide to Small Pets, a guide to the health and behaviour of small animals. I firmly believe that the more pet owners can invest in their animal companions by remaining up to date with the latest in care techniques, the healthier the relationship will be between pet and guardian.
In 2014 I graduated from the University of Exeter with first class honours in Zoology. This degree not only gave me a wealth of information on biology and ecology, but allowed me to make a real difference to the public perception of one of the world’s most maligned species – the feral pigeon.
I created a citizen science project investigating plumage trends in this familiar bird and showcased the project on national media – notably BBC Winterwatch with Chris Packham and the One Show with Mike Dilger. I have since gone on to speak about the pigeon ecology on BBC Breakfast news and many local news broadcasts.
I am currently undertaking postgraduate research into the ecology of the common garden snail – a species that some love and others loath! This project will be featured on prime time television in the coming months and is certain to make people question how they feel towards the humble snail.